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The Intellectual Property–Regulatory Complex

Overcoming Barriers to Innovation in Agricultural Genomics

Advances in agricultural genomics could help address pressing global issues such as world hunger. However, overlapping and inconsistent intellectual property and biosafety regimes – collectively referred to as the “Intellectual Property–Regulatory Complex” – create significant, and often conflicting, barriers to developing and commercializing new agricultural biotechnology. The authors of this collection explore how this Complex impacts innovation in ways that cannot be appreciated when individual regimes are examined in isolation. They then propose solutions that would meet the objectives of the current intellectual property and biosafety regimes while enabling innovation in the field of agricultural genomics.

272 pages

Table of Contents

Foreword / Hannes Dempewolf

Introduction / Emily Marden, R. Nelson Godfrey, and Rachael Manion

Part 1: Perspectives On Regulatory Regimes

1 Biosafety and Intellectual Property Regimes as Elements of the IP–Regulatory Complex: The Case of Canadian Sunflower Genomics / Emily Marden, R. Nelson Godfrey, Matthew R. Voell, and Loren H. Rieseberg

2 The Treatment of Social and Ethical Concerns in Regulatory Responses to Agricultural Biotechnology: A Historical Analysis / Sarah Hartley

3 How the IP–Regulatory Complex Affects Incentives to Develop Socially Beneficial Products from Agricultural Genomics / Gregory Graff and David Zilberman

4 Stealth Seeds: Bioproperty, Biosafety, Biopolitics / Ronald J. Herring

Part 2: Intellectual Property Mechanisms And Counter-Movements

5 Implementing the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture: A Regulatory and Intellectual Property Outlook / Chidi Oguamanam

6 Intellectual Property Management and Legitimization Processes in International and Controversial Environments / Jeremy Hall, Stelvia Matos, and Vernon Bachor

Part 3: Future Directions

7 A Governance Approach to the Agricultural Genomics Intellectual Property–Regulatory Complex / Regiane Garcia

8 Constructing an International Intellectual Property Acquis for the Agricultural Sciences / Rochelle Cooper Dreyfuss


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