Global Biopiracy: Patents, Plants, and Indigenous Knowledge / Edition 1

Global Biopiracy: Patents, Plants, and Indigenous Knowledge / Edition 1

by Ikechi Mgbeoji
ISBN-10:
080147311X
ISBN-13:
2900801473110
Pub. Date:
07/01/2006
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
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Global Biopiracy: Patents, Plants, and Indigenous Knowledge / Edition 1

Legal control and ownership of plants and traditional knowledge of the uses of plants (TKUP) is a vexing issue. The phenomenon of appropriation of plants and TKUP, otherwise known as biopiracy, thrives in a cultural milieu where non-Western forms of knowledge are systemically marginalized and devalued as "folk knowledge" or characterized as inferior. Global Biopiracy rethinks the role of international law and legal concepts, the Western-based, Eurocentric patent systems of the world, and international agricultural research institutions as they affect legal ownership and control of plants and TKUP.

The analysis is cast in various contexts and examined at multiple levels. The first deals with the Eurocentric character of the patent system, international law, and institutions. The second involves the cultural and economic dichotomy between the industrialized Western world and the westernizing, developing world. The third level of analysis considers the phenomenal loss of human cultures and plant diversity. Exhaustively researched and eloquently argued, Global Biopiracy sheds new light on a contentious topic.

About the Author:
Ikechi Mgbeoji is a professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900801473110
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 07/01/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword   Teresa Scassa     ix
Preface     xi
Acknowledgments     xiii
Acronyms     xv
Introduction     1
Patents, Indigenous and Traditional Knowledge, and Biopiracy     9
Implications of Biopiracy for Biological and Cultural Diversity     50
The Appropriative Aspects of Biopiracy     87
Patent Regimes and Biopiracy     119
Conclusion     179
Notes     201
Selected Bibliography     280
Index     305

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