Reconciling Property Rights in Plants

J. de Beer, “Reconciling Property Rights in Plants” (2005) 8(1) Journal of World Intellectual Property 5-31.

27 Pages Posted: 23 Sep 2004 Last revised: 7 Oct 2013

Jeremy de Beer

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section

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Date Written: 2005

Abstract

This paper attempts to reconcile intellectual, common and classic property rights in molecularly engineered plants, using the case of Monsanto v. Schmeiser as an exemplar. It concludes that farmers' seed saving rights should be viewed not as socially justified exceptions to intellectual property, but as inherent in ownership of the tangible property.

Keywords: Intellectual property, tangible property, common property, agriculture, biotechnology, Monsanto, Schmeiser, farmers' privilege

Suggested Citation

de Beer, Jeremy, Reconciling Property Rights in Plants (2005). J. de Beer, “Reconciling Property Rights in Plants” (2005) 8(1) Journal of World Intellectual Property 5-31.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=594482

Jeremy De Beer (Contact Author)

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