This text examines the international agreements governing trade in genetic resources - crucial resources for world agriculture, food security and large industries such as pharmaceuticals. Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) in these resources are critical for those involved in the trade, including industry and developing countries. The book analyzes the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), World Trade Organization agreements and other agreements. It explains how they can be integrated into an equitable training regime.
Foreword by Mark Halle * Plant Genetic Resources in the Global Economy * Intellectual Property Rights in the Global Economy * Biodiversity-related Aspects of the Global IPR Regime * IPR-related Aspects of the Convention on Biological Diversity * IPRs and Biodiversity: Conflict or Synergy * TRIPS and the CBD: Bridging the Gaps * the CBD, WTO and Other IPR- and Biodiversity-related Institutions, Forums and Processes * Governments and Regional Initiatives: Some Case Studies * Non-governmental Initiatives and Proposals * Conclusions, Unresolved Questions and Recommendations * Appendices * References * Index