Marcelo A.G. Bardi, Evelyn Gutierrez-Oppe and Rodolfo Politano
Biodiversity; Free trade; Intellectual property; South America; Traditional knowledge; International Trade
Discusses the range of plant species in Latin America which are used inappropriately by global companies, and how intellectual property policies might be used to increase the protection available to traditional knowledge products. Reviews the biodiversity of Latin America , the scope for bio-piracy of traditional knowledge and proposals to amend existing free trade agreements including the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights 1994 to address such biodiversity-related concerns. Presents case studies on the appropriation of biological resources in the region.
(2011) 6(1) Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice 34-42