Belgium Goes its Own Way on Biodiversity and Patents
European Intellectual Property Review (EIPR), pp. 233-236, 2002
Posted: 7 Dec 2010
Date Written: December 6, 2010
Belgium takes the equitable sharing objective of the Convention on Biological Diversity to heart and intends to require information on the geographical origin of biological material. From a strictly legal point of view, current Belgian patent law does not offer a gate of entry for such an origin indication requirement. From a policy point of view, however, it might be wise to consider the implementation of such a condition anyway.
Keywords: Patent law, Biodiversity ,Traditional knowledge, Genetic resources, Convention on Biological Diversity, Origin requirement, Recital 27 EU Biotechnology Directive, Belgian Patent Act
JEL Classification: D23, D45, H 41, H51, I18, K11, L14, L 65, O13, O31, O32, O34
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