Biodiversity and the Patent System: Towards International Indicators

104 Pages Posted: 23 Jan 2009

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Paul D. Oldham

ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (Cesagen)

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

This paper provides a series of international indicators for biodiversity and traditional knowledge within the global patent system. The indicators are based on a review of the International Patent Classification in use by patent offices worldwide and enable the analysis of a wide variety of sectors and sub-sectors of activity. Nine main sectors are reviewed ranging from agriculture to cosmetics, traditional medicines, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. A series of sub-sectors such as stem cells, genomics and proteomics are also examined. The paper was prepared to inform debates on an international regime on access to genetic resources and benefit-sharing under the Convention on Biological Diversity. The paper is also relevant to the work of WIPO on Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge. A range of policy options including disclosure of origin, certificates and the introduction of Adjustable Incentive Measures (AIMs) are considered in detail. The paper is relevant for the 2010 Target and the Millennium Development Goals.

Keywords: Biodiversity, Traditional Knowledge, Patents, WIPO, International Patent Classification, Certificates of Origin, Disclosure of Origin, TRIPS, Convention on Biological Diversity, WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore

JEL Classification: K33, O31, O34, O30, O38, O57, P16, Q20, I18, F42

Suggested Citation

Oldham, Paul D., Biodiversity and the Patent System: Towards International Indicators (2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1088134 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1088134

Paul D. Oldham (Contact Author)

ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (Cesagen) ( email )

Institute for Advanced Study
County South
Lancaster, Lancashire LA1 4YD
Great Britain

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