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The Sustainable Seed Innovations Project: Supporting a Smooth Implementation of the Three-Pronged Approach to Sustainable Seed Innovation – Legal & Ethical Issues (Part I)


In the next four part post in the ongoing series on The Sustainable Seed Innovations Project, Dr. Mrinalini Kochupillai, co-investigator, Sustainable Seed Innovations 2.0 Project and corresponding author of the forthcoming SSI 2.0 Position Paper for the Government of India, identifies key legal hurdles that currently prevent sustainable seed innovations in India. The post also discusses how blockchain/DLT, coupled with AI/Machine learning applications can potentially help overcome these hurdles. The fourth part of this blog post also highlights certain ethical…


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SpicyIP Jobs: Attorney & Paralegal at Dodd & Co., New Delhi


We’re pleased to inform you that Dodd & Co., an IP boutique law firm based in New Delhi, is looking to hire candidates for the positions of an attorney and a paralegal. For further details, please see the job description below: SpicyIP Jobs: Attorney & Paralegal at Dodd & Co., New Delhi Dodd & Co., a young and growing IP boutique based in New Delhi, is looking to hire candidates for the following positions: Attorney – a dynamic, bright and…


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SpicyIP Fellowship 2019-20: Through the Looking Glass – Alice and the Wonders of the ‘Liability of Online Marketplaces’ in the Delhi HC


We’re pleased to bring to you another guest post on the recent Delhi High Court decision in Amway & Ors. v. 1MG Technologies & Ors. by our Fellowship applicant, Arushi Gupta. Arushi is a 2nd year student at Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai. This is her fourth submission for the Fellowship. Eashan Ghosh’s guest post on the same decision, published last week, can be viewed here. Through the Looking Glass: Alice and the Wonders of the ‘Liability of Online Marketplaces’ in the…


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The Idea of Mandatory Automated Filters: Bringing About a Rapid Discourse Shift From Intermediary Immunity to Intermediary Responsibility


We’re pleased to bring to you a guest post by Simrat Kaur, wherein she analyses the impact of mandating automatic filtering of copyright infringing content by internet intermediaries. Simrat is a New Delhi based IP lawyer. She pursued her undergraduate law course from Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab and masters law course from National University of Singapore. After having worked with leading Indian law firms (Anand & Anand and Luthra & Luthra Law Offices), she is currently practicing…


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The Sustainable Seed Innovations Project: Laying the Foundation for Innovation


In the next post in the ongoing blog post series on The Sustainable Seed Innovations Project, Natalie Kopytko, Post-Doctoral Research Associate at University of Leeds shares stories of farmers using traditional methods to store seeds. Laying the Foundation for Innovation Natalie Kopytko A foundation seed is the ‘pure seed stocks grown by or under the supervision of a public agency for use in the production of registered and certified seed’. When it comes to ‘informal’ farmer-level innovation, foundation seed(s) take…


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The Sustainable Seeds Project: Research Funding for Sustainable Agriculture – A Non-Sustainable State of Affairs (Part II)


Research Funding for Sustainable Agriculture: A Non-Sustainable State of Affairs (Part II) Julia Köninger[1] Consequences of the Sub-Optimal Research Funding Going into Sustainable Agricultural Systems  The gap in research fund creates a gap in scientific knowledge.[1] Studies have shown, that a major knowledge gap exists especially vis-à-vis the quantification of costs of agricultural production systems, from their environmental, social and health perspective.[2] Further research is needed in the area of eco-functional intensification of agriculture,[3] and also, research on ecosystem services…


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The Sustainable Seeds Project: Research Funding for Sustainable Agriculture – A Non-Sustainable State of Affairs (Part I)


In the following two part post in the ongoing blog post series on The Sustainable Seed Innovations Project, Julia Köninger (Technical University Munich) investigated research funds that flow into different farming approaches. The post shows that most fundings currently flow into high-input farming neglecting the sustainability of these practices. It emphasizes the consequent dearth of research for low-input farming and shows the urge to adapt research funds in order to close current knowledge gaps. Research Funding for Sustainable Agriculture: A…


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The Sustainable Seed Innovations Project: Prong 3 – Re-Thinking Incentive Structures (Part III)


Prong 3: Re-thinking Incentive Structures Blockchain/DLT Supported Incentives for Sustainable Seed Innovations? (Part III) Mrinalini Kochupillai iii) Blockchain/DLT and In Situ Innovations with Agrobiodiversity As discussed in above, three major hurdles that need to be overcome in order to facilitate sustainable seed innovations (especially by small farmers) as well as monetization of sustainable seed  innovations for the benefit of small farmers and their rural communities are: (i) the issue of traceability: the origin of indigenous seeds is rather difficult to trace…


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The Sustainable Seed Innovations Project: Prong 3 – Re-Thinking Incentive Structures (Part II)


 Prong 3: Re-thinking Incentive Structures Blockchain/DLT Supported Incentives for Sustainable Seed Innovations? (Part II) Mrinalini Kochupillai (i) Digital Ledger Technologies/Blockchain: A Brief Introduction Blockchain technology, a special version of the more generic ‘digital ledger technologies’ (DLTs), came into being around 10 years ago with Satoshi Nakomoto’s white paper on Bitcoin.[1] More recently, these technologies have been in the media, not only because of ongoing efforts of the Indian government to ban cryptocurrencies, but also because several supporters of these technologies…


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The Sustainable Seed Innovations Project: Prong 3 – Re-Thinking Incentive Structures (Part I)


Prong 3 of the Sustainable Seed Innovations Project comes while India is looking to adopt various blockchain solutions (including blockchain based payment systems) on the one hand, and debating a ban on cryptocurrencies on the other. This three-part blog post (the next in the ongoing blog post series on The Sustainable Seed Innovations Project) provides readers an easy to understand overview of the key beneficial features of blockchain technology, how the potential use cases of blockchain technology go well beyond the…


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