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Confronting Biopiracy Challenges, Cases and International Debates

By: Daniel Robinson
190 pages, Figs
Publisher: Earthscan
Confronting Biopiracy
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Biopiracy refers either to the unauthorised extraction of biological resources, such as plants with medicinal properties, and associated traditional knowledge from indigenous people and local communities, or to the patenting of spurious 'inventions' based on such knowledge or resources without compensation. Cases continue to emerge in the media and public eye, yet they remain the source of considerable disagreement, confusion, controversy and grief. The aim of this book is to provide the most detailed, coherent analysis of the issue of biopiracy to date.


Introduction 1. Collecting - Prospecting - Piracy 2. International Legal Backdrop 3. Patent-Related Biopiracy Cases 4. Non-Patent Biopiracy Cases 5. Implications and Ethical Dilemmas - What have the Cases Shown? 6. Current Debates and Ways Forward: Internationally and Regionally 7. Current Debates and Ways Forward: National and Local Approaches Conclusions

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Daniel F. Robinson is Lecturer at the Institute of Environmental Studies, University of New South Wales, Australia
By: Daniel Robinson
190 pages, Figs
Publisher: Earthscan
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'Biopiracy has emerged as a powerful concept inspiring critical perspectives on the commercial use of biodiversity and traditional knowledge. But what does it really mean? This well-researched and thoughtful book provides a thorough investigation of the theory and practice of biopiracy that scholars and policymakers alike will find illuminating.' Graham Dutfield, Professor of International Governance, University of Leeds, UK 'Daniel Robinson's timely and authoritative book will inform the contemporary, but until now unproductive, discussions in WIPO and the WTO about ways in which spurious intellectual property claims over biological resources and traditional knowledge can be sanctioned as 'biopiracy'.' Michael Blakeney, Herchel Smith Professor of Intellectual Property, Queen Mary, University of London, UK
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