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Title: Patent & Food Security – Opening the Pandora’s Box
Authors: Mitra, Saswata
Keywords: Food security;Patent;Sui generis
Issue Date: Mar-2008
Publisher: CSIR
Abstract: The issue of food security which has gained prominence in the 1970’s has been a topic of debate since then. The theme behind an intellectual property protection is to help protect investments into research and development and stimulate innovation and in recent times patents have been taken on indigenous plants which have been used for generations by the local people, without their knowledge or consent potential. The developing nations have become a potential experimental launch pad of the developed countries. Thus, market of the developing countries is being targeted as safety is lenient and the countries which have a patent protection on plant variety pay a heavy price for these technologies. This paper addresses some of the unresolved issues pertaining to patent and food security, the existing legislation’s shortcomings and fallacies.
Page(s): 145-151
ISSN: 0971-5544
Appears in Collections:JIPR Vol.13(2) [March 2008]

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