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Global Biopiracy

Patents, Plants, and Indigenous Knowledge

Legal control and ownership of plants and traditional knowledge of the uses of plants (TKUP) is a vexing issue. The phenomenon of appropriation of plants and TKUP, otherwise known as biopiracy, thrives in a cultural milieu where non-Western forms of knowledge are systemically marginalized and devalued as "folk knowledge" or characterized as inferior. Global Biopiracy rethinks the role of international law and legal concepts, the Western-based, Eurocentric patent systems of the world, and international agricultural research institutions as they affect legal ownership and control of plants and TKUP.

336 pages

Table of Contents

Foreword / Teresa Scassa



1 Introduction

2 Patents, Indigenous and Traditional Knowledge, and Biopiracy

3 Implications of Biopiracy for Biological and Cultural Diversity

4 The Appropriative Aspects of Biopiracy

5 Patent Regimes and Biopiracy

6 Conclusion


Selected Bibliography


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