Plant Intellectual Property and Essential Derivation

9 September 2015, CGIAR Master Class, Jay Sanderson

Various kinds of intellectual property laws are used to protect and control plant-related products and processes including plant variety rights, patents, trade marks and confidential information. There are also other laws and regulations related to access to, and conservation of, plants and plant materials. In this webinar, Dr Jay Sanderson discussed issues related to plant intellectual property for scientists, researchers and managers including access to plants and plant genetic material for research and breeding, publication and other disclosures of research outputs, and farm saved seed. The last part of the webinar focussed on the concept of essential derivation: a concept introduced in 1991 to stop ‘plagiarism’ and ‘free-riding’ in plant breeding.


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