IP Provisions of the EU-Central America Association Agreement and Development Issues

The recent Association Agreement signed between the European Union and Central American countries contains important intellectual property provisions.Some of these provisions have been inserted in the treaty to meet Central America states’ needs, especially with reference to technology transfer issues, the protection of public health and the protection of genetic resources and traditional knowledge.For the … Continue reading

Crop Breeding and Intellectual Property in the Global Village

The number of countries that grant intellectual property rights (IPRs) to agricultural products and processes is growing. Such a move has been prompted by the adoption of two major international treaties, i.e. the UPOV Convention and the TRIPs Agreement.However, the use of IPRs in crop breeding raises important issues, such as food security and biodiversity … Continue reading