Belgium Goes its Own Way on Biodiversity and Patents

European Intellectual Property Review (EIPR), pp. 233-236, 2002

Posted: 7 Dec 2010

See all articles by Geertrui Van Overwalle

Geertrui Van Overwalle

KU Leuven - Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP)

Date Written: December 6, 2010

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Van Overwalle, Geertrui, Belgium Goes its Own Way on Biodiversity and Patents (December 6, 2010). European Intellectual Property Review (EIPR), pp. 233-236, 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1721025

Geertrui Van Overwalle (Contact Author)

KU Leuven - Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP) ( email )

Sint-Michielsstraat 6 box 3443
Leuven, 3000
Belgium

HOME PAGE: https://www.law.kuleuven.be/citip/en/staff/00015469

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