n SA Mercantile Law Journal - Biodiversity, bioprospecting, and biopiracy : a prior informed consent requirement for patents : analyses

Volume 18, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1015-0099


Extracted from text ... Biodiversity, Bioprospecting, and Biopiracy: A Prior Informed Consent Requirement for Patents COENRAAD VISSER University of South Africa 1 Introduction: The Problem of Biopiracy In the context of biodiversity and genetic resources, nature smiles on developing countries. It has been estimated that about 90 per cent of the world's genetic resources are situated in developing countries. At the same time, though, more than 90 per cent of the world's research and development activity occurs in the developed countries. So the international picture is one of a gene-rich but technology-poor South and a technology-rich but genedefi cient North. In Utopia, these two ..

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