Innovation Plant Variety Protection Traditional Knowledge

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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Innovation Plant Variety Protection Traditional Knowledge

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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Innovation Plant Variety Protection Traditional Knowledge

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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Innovation Plant Variety Protection Traditional Knowledge

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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Copyright

SpicyIP Fellowship 2019-20: Article 13 (of the EU Directive) and The Economics of Copyright Enforcement in the Digital Age


We’re pleased to pleased to bring to you a guest post by our Fellowship applicant, Arushi Gupta. Arushi is a 2nd year student at Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai. This is her second submission for the Fellowship. Article 13 (of the EU Directive) and The Economics of Copyright Enforcement in the Digital Age Arushi Gupta On 26th March 2019, the Parliament of the EU passed the amended EU Copyright Directive. In previous posts on SpicyIP, here and here, the developments…


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Patent Plant Variety Protection

Excluding “Essentially Biological Processes”: Implications for Monsanto vs Nuziveedu


We are pleased to bring to you an insightful guest post by Dr. Deepa Kachroo Tiku on a contested provision of patent law involving the exclusion of plants/animals and essentially biological processes. As readers are aware, this exclusion (section 3(j)) is at the forefront of a big ticket patent battle between Monsanto and Nuziveedu. As we understand, the hearings have concluded and the court is expected to issue a decision sometime soon. Deepa is a partner at K&S Partners and…


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Registration of RMPL as a Copyright Society – Will It Set the Stage for New Repertoire of Problems?


We’re pleased to bring to you a guest post by Simrat Kaur. 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 has recently started independent practice under the banner “The Endretta”. Registration of RMPL as a Copyright Society – Will It…


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IFPI Music Report, 2018 Is Out with A Bunch of Healthy Sale Figures But Persisting “Value Gap”


We are pleased to bring to you a guest post by Simrat Kaur. 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 has recently started independent practice under the banner “The Endretta”. While working with the said law firms, she has…


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Patent

When the Guard of the “Boll-Guard” Fell!


We are pleased to bring to you a guest post by Dr. Deepa Kachroo Tiku on the recently delivered judgment by the Delhi High Court in the Monsanto-Nuziveedu dispute. Dr. Deepa is a partner at K&S Partners and based out of the Gurgaon (Nation Capital Region) office. She is a registered Patent Agent with the Indian Patent Office and an attorney at law. She specializes in the area of Life Sciences, with an emphasis on patent drafting, prosecution and contentious practice,…


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