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Andean Nations Clash with U.S. on Patenting Life Forms

Patents/Intellectual Property Rights

Andean Nations Clash with U.S. on Patenting Life Forms

Constanza Vieira*

BOGOTA, Nov 17 (Tierramérica) - Access to genetic resources in South America's Andean region, which holds a quarter of the planet's biodiversity, is a point of discord in the free trade agreement that the United States has been negotiating with Colombia, Ecuador and Peru since May.

Understanding Intellectual Property Rights

Patents/Intellectual Property Rights

Who Owns the Knowledge Economy?
Political Organising Behind TRIPS
By Peter Drahos with John Braithwaite

TRIPS -- the World Trade Organisation's agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights -- was the most important agreement on intellectual property of the 20th century. It marked the beginning of a quiet revolution in the way that property rights in information were defined and enforced in an emerging global knowledge economy.

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