The Museum Of Bioprospecting, Intellectual Property, And The Public Domain

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‘The Museum of Bioprospecting, Intellectual Property, and the Public Domain’ addresses one of the most pressing policy issues of our day: intellectual property rights versus the public domain in facilitating access to genetic resources for biotechnology development. The issue is examined in the context of a proposal submitted by seven fictional scholars to an imaginary octogenarian, whose humor provides an original addition to the discussion.

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'Out of the self-absorbed world of global genetic resources and benefit-sharing, emerges an immensely invigorating volume. With a stellar cast of contributors, the editor cajoles the reader forward through the literary device of a gadfly interloper. The result is a compelling must-read for practitioners and neophytes alike. Where else would you find between the covers of a scholarly treatise, references to Hegel, the Pope and Cher?' —Timothy Hodges, Co-Chair, Working Group on ABS, UN Convention on Biological Diversity

'This book should be read by everyone with an interest in the theory and practice of biodiversity, intellectual property and equity.' —Graham Dutfield, author of 'Intellectual Property Rights and the Life Science Industries: Past, Present and Future'

'…adventurous thinkers from a range of disciplines roaming over some of the great conflicts of our time.' —Jay Parini, author of 'The Last Station' and 'Promised Land: Thirteen Books that Changed America'

'A provocative book about a museum-cum-amusement park-cum-people's forum; just like what prevailed in the pre-mobility, pre-TV culture of a people's gathering to think collectively.' —Ossama El-Tayeb, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University

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Joseph Henry Vogel is professor of economics at the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras and has served as a technical advisor to the Ecuadorian delegation to the Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Contributors: María José MORENO VIQUEIRA, Manuel RUIZ, Tomme YOUNG, Stephen B. BRUSH, Charles R. MCMANIS, Valentina DELICH, Camilo GOMIDES, Carlos A. MUÑIZ-OSORIO

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Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgments; The Bauplan; Looking the Gorgon in the Face: The Ubiquity of Propaganda and the Business of Debate; Museums as Venues for Polemics: Exhibits that Provoke Controversy, Argumentation or Refutation; The Museum as a Vehicle for Considered Judgments on Access and Benefit Sharing; Clearing the Air: Applying the Intellectual Property Framework to National, Community, and Individual Rights in The Convention on Biological Diversity; The Tragedy of the Anti-commons Threat to Farmers' Rights: The Case of Crop Germplasm; The Moral Foundations of Intellectual Property and Conservation through Access and Benefit-Sharing; The Nameless Interloper in The Museum of Bioprospecting, Intellectual Property, and the Public Domain: A Place, A Process, A Philosophy; Appendix: The Original Essay

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