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GP 607/ PGR 607 REGULATORY MECHANISMS AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS                      (3L+0P) I

 

Objectives
To educate students about concepts and instruments of intellectual property rights, plant breeders’s rights, farmer’s rights, access and benefit sharing, international treaties and national legislation related to plant genetic resources.

Theory

UNIT I
Concept of intellectual property, need for IP protection, Dimensions and nature of IPR, conflicting community interest with private right. Forms of  IPR, patents, copyright, trademark, design, trade secret/ confidential information, GI registration. Process of  obtaining an IPR, World Intellectual Property Organization, patent cooperation treaty (PCI).

UNIT II
Plant breeder’s rights, protection of plant varieties, UPOV; registration of plant varieties and essentially derived varieties, during and effect of  registration; traditional knowledge systems, farmer’s rights, fork lore, code of conduct, access and benefit sharing; compulsory license; plant varieties protection appellate tribunal; finance, accounts and audit; infringement, offenses, penalties and procedure.

UNIT III
International instruments concerning agro-biodiversity, Agenda 21, convention on biological diversity (CBD), FAO and global system of  PGR, the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for food and agriculture (ITPGR), Global Plan of Action, TRIPS agreement and IPR protection of life forms, geographical appellations.

UNIT IV
Multilateral agreement on trade in goods – relevance to agriculture, agreement on agriculture (AOA); agreement on application of sanitary and phyto-sanitary measures (SPS, international plant protection convention, agreement on technical barriers to trade (TBT), Plant quarantine, bio-safety related issues.

UNIT V
National legislations related to biodiversity conservation and IPR protection

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