PLANT VARIETY PROTECTION ANDPATENTS ON LIFE FORMS

Chapter 9

Article 27.3(b) of the TRIPS Agreement:the review process and developmentsat national and regional levels

Boniface Guwa Chidyausiku

This chapter covers three areas. The first is the current debate over patents on life forms. The second is Article 27.3(b) and the review process in the TRIPS Council. The third area is the African Group position and the contribution of African regional and national policies and initiatives to the first two topics.

THE DEBATE OVER PATENTS ON LIFE FORMS

The issue of patents on living organisms is a current topic of worldwide debate. Several factors have led to the emergence of this debate. First, the advances within the last decade in the field of biological ...

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