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U.S. agriculture wary as Monsanto heads to Supreme Court

#Monsanto, #PatentsOnLife (Reuters) – A 75-year-old Indiana grain farmer will take on global seed giant Monsanto Co at the U.S. Supreme Court next week in a patent battle that could have ramifications for the biotechnology industry and possibly the future of food production. The highest court in the United States will hear arguments on Tuesday in the dispute, which started when soybean farmer Vernon Bowman bought and planted a mix of unmarked grain typically used for animal feed. The plants that grew turned out to contain the popular herbicide-resistant genetic trait known as Roundup Ready that Monsanto guards closely with patents. The St. Louis, Mo.-based biotech giant accused Bowman of […]

British firm’s bid to patent ginger foiled: After Neem and Turmeric its Ginger’s turn

http://epaper.timesofindia.com/Default/Scripting/ArticleWin.asp?From=Archive&Source=Page&Skin=TOINEW&BaseHref=CAP/2012/01/04&PageLabel=1&EntityId=Ar00105&ViewMode=HTML Kounteya Sinha TNN New Delhi: India has foiled an attempt by a British pharmaceutical company to patent usage of ginger to treat cold. While Indians have been gulping down ‘adrak chai’ for generations as a home remedy, Nicholas John Larkins, London, filed a patent application (GB2436063) titled “Pharmaceutical composition for the treatment of excess mucous production” on March 16, 2006 at the British patent office. The firm claimed a “unique finding” in the use of ginger (Zingiber officinale) and kutki (Picrorhiza kurroa) for the treatment of cough and lung diseases. “Within two weeks of India providing evidence (including 18th century texts), the attempt to pirate India’s traditional medicinal knowledge was […]

Intellectual Property, Agriculture and Global Food Security

    Read online http://www.iddri.org/Publications/Publications-scientifiques-et-autres/Intellectual-Property,Agriculture-and-Global-Food-Security Description ‘This thoughtful book raises important issues about ownership of agricultural resources, the environment and food security. Claudio Chiarolla has written an important book that challenges traditional notions of plant genetic resources and agricultural research. The author’s detailed and thorough approach ensures that the book will make a valuable contribution to the debate about sustainable agricultural development and it is highly recommended to anyone interested in intellectual property rights and sustainable agriculture.’ – Duncan Matthews, Queen Mary, University of London, UK   ‘The instability of the global food supply system requires our urgent attention. There are no easy solutions but the starting point must entail […]

Industry paid for IP seminars to train judges

Author(s): Latha Jishnu Issue: Sep 14, 2011 Microsoft and Indian Music Industry funded FICCI to hold roundtable for Maharashtra judiciary; judges handling piracy cases special invitees Leaked documents of correspondence between lobby group FICCI and industry have revealed an unsavoury nexus between the two in funding a roundtable on intellectual property (IP) matters for judges in Maharashtra, many of whom were specially invited because they were hearing cases of IP crimes such as piracy. According to the emails leaked by an organisation calling itself the Indian IP Leaks Team, FICCI was in regular correspondence with Microsoft Corporation India Ltd and Indian Music Industry (IMI), both litigants in IP cases in […]

How many gene traits can a seed have?

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/how-many-gene-traits-can-a-seed-have/843826/0 Sukhdeep Kaur Tags : genetically modified maize, SmartStax, Farm Progress Show, agri biotech company Posted: Fri Sep 09 2011, 01:26 hrs Decatur, Illinois: At Springfields in the state of Illinois of the United States, the corn fields this year seem to be staring at a possible drought. In nearby Monmouth, field trials are on for drought-resistant corn. It will be the ninth trait after SmartStax, the genetically modified (GM) maize that has eight GM traits ‘stacked’ together — six for insect resistance and two for herbicide tolerance. As food demand soars with the growing world population, the debate at the Farm Progress Show at Decatur in the US last […]


Author(s): Latha Jishnu Issue: Aug 31, 2011 Sharad Pawar’s provision for protecting test data in the Pesticides Bill could spill over into trade agreements and hit the drugs industry, too Illustration: Karno GuhathakurtaWhy is the pharmaceutical industry taking such a keen interest in the Pesticides Management Bill, 2008, or PMB, which would appear to be as far removed from drugs as chalk from cheese? The Bill, pending in Parliament since 2008, is all set to be debated in the current session with agriculture minister Sharad Pawar having indicated an urgency to get it passed. The proposed regulation is intended to improve the quality of pesticides available to Indian farmers and introduce new, […]

New varieties, old foundations: Small farmers in IPR regime

By Shalini Bhutani The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), which was founded after Independence in 1947, was preceded by the Imperial Council of Agricultural Research set up in 1929. Ironically ICAR celebrated its 83rd foundation day last weekend on July 16, rather than its 64th! The European legacy continues. Our country may have got independence, but our agriculture and our farmers are still struggling for that. Another foundation of a European idea was literally laid this month. On July 8 the foundation stone of the new office buildings of India’s Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Authority (PPV&FRA) was laid in the Pusa Campus of ICAR. More than […]

India’s IPR policy: Being egalitarian or foolhardy?

DECCAN HERALD 13th October 2009 India’s IPR policy: Being egalitarian or foolhardy? Kanchi Kohli and Shalini Bhutani The world is full of contradictions and so its governance also reflects that. If one takes this reality as a given, especially in the Indian context, then the dilemmas of govern-‘mentality’ might not come as a surprise anymore. Here is a closer look at the much controversial Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs), and some recent official articulations on it. IPRs like patents, trademarks or copyrights, supposedly protect  new and innovative products giving the inventor private rights over their sale, import, export and distribution. Any commercial use of the product cannot be without due permissions and royalties […]

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