Category Archives: Plant Variety Protection

Plant Variety Protection

Problems with the Indian Plant Varieties Regime (V): Farmers’ Rights – A Myth or Reality (II)?


We’re pleased to bring to you Part II of the fifth post in the ongoing series of posts by Prof. (Dr.) N.S. Gopalakrishnan on problems with India’s plant varieties’ regime. Part I of the post can be viewed here and all the earlier posts in the series, here. Problems with the Indian Plant Varieties Regime (V): Farmers’ Rights – A Myth or Reality (II)? Prof. (Dr.) N.S. Gopalakrishnan Concept of benefit sharing The origin and development of the concept of benefit sharing is…


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Plant Variety Protection

Problems with the Indian Plant Varieties Regime (V): Farmers’ Rights – A Myth or Reality (I)?


We’re pleased to bring to you the fifth post in the ongoing series of insightful posts by Prof. (Dr.) N.S. Gopalakrishnan on problems with India’s plant varieties’ regime. The earlier posts in the series can be viewed here. Problems with the Indian Plant Varieties Regime (V): Farmers’ Rights – A Myth or Reality (I)? Introduction One of the significant contributions of the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Act, 2001 is the Chapter on Farmers’ Rights. It is intended to comprehensively…


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Plant Variety Protection

Problems with the Indian Plant Varieties Regime (IV): Obliterating the “Farmers’ Variety” (Part III)?


We’re pleased to bring to you yet another insightful post in the ongoing series of posts by Prof. (Dr.) N.S. Gopalakrishnan on problems with India’s plant varieties’ regime. This post is Part III of the three-part post where Prof. Gopalakrishnan critically examines the procedure followed for registration of farmers’ varieties. Parts I and II of the post can be viewed here and here and the earlier posts in the series, here, here and here. Problems with the Indian Plant Varieties Regime (IV): Obliterating the “Farmers’ Variety” (Part III)? Prof….


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Plant Variety Protection

Problems with the Indian Plant Varieties Regime (IV): Obliterating the “Farmers’ Variety”? (Part II)


We are happy to bring to you yet another insightful post in the ongoing series of posts by Prof. (Dr.) N.S. Gopalakrishnan on problems with India’s plant varieties’ regime. This post is Part II of the three-part post where Prof. Gopalakrishnan critically examines the procedure followed for registration of farmers’ varieties. Part I of the post can be viewed here and the earlier posts in the series, here, here and here. Problems with the Indian Plant Varieties Regime (IV): Obliterating the “Farmers’ Variety” (Part II)? Prof. (Dr.)…


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Plant Variety Protection

Problems with the Indian Plant Varieties Regime (IV): Obliterating the “Farmers’ Variety” (Part I)?


We are pleased to bring to you the fourth post in the ongoing series of insightful posts by Prof. (Dr.) N.S. Gopalakrishnan on India’s problematic plant varieties’ regime. The earlier posts in the series can be viewed here, here and here. Problems with the Indian Plant Varieties Regime (IV): Obliterating the “Farmers’ Variety” (Part I)? Prof. (Dr.) N.S. Gopalakrishnan Introduction It is well documented that informal innovation in plant breeding by traditional farmers is one of the most important components of sustainable agriculture. It involves…


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Plant Variety Protection

Problems with the Indian Plant Varieties Regime (III): Setting Arbitrary DUS Standards For Extant Varieties?


We are pleased to bring to you the third post in an ongoing series of perceptive posts by Prof. (Dr.) N.S. Gopalakrishnan on India’s problematic plant varieties’ regime. The first and second post in the series can be viewed here and here. Problems with the Indian Plant Varieties Regime (III): Setting Arbitrary DUS Standards For Extant Varieties? Prof. (Dr.) N.S. Gopalakrishnan A new plant variety is registered under the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Act only if it satisfies the criteria…


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Plant Variety Protection

Problems with the Indian Plant Varieties Regime (II): Helping Seed Companies at the Cost of the Farmer?


Last week, we had brought to you the first post in an ongoing series of insightful posts by Prof. (Dr.) N.S. Gopalakrishnan on India’s problematic plant varieties’ regime. We are pleased to now bring to you the second post in the series. Problems with the Indian Plant Varieties Regime (II): Helping Seed Companies at the Cost of the Farmer? Prof. (Dr.) N.S. Gopalakrishnan One of the main objectives of the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Right Act, 2001 “is to…


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Plant Variety Protection

Problems with the Indian Plant Variety Regime: Old Vine in Newly “Enclosed” Bottle?


We are extremely pleased to bring to you a guest post by Prof. (Dr.) N.S. Gopalakrishnan. Prof. Gopalakrishnan is a leading IP academic from India, who has taught and groomed a number of other IP academics and researchers, including our very own founder of SpicyIP, Prof Basheer. He is now a Honorary Professor at the Inter University Centre for IPR Studies, CUSAT, Kochi, a centre that he kickstarted some years ago. This post is the first in the upcoming series…


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Patent Plant Variety Protection

NSAI’s Lopsided Take on Patenting of Biotech Innovation in Agriculture 


Last week, we had brought to you a guest post by NSAI on the ongoing Monsanto-Nuziveedu patent dispute. We now bring to you another guest post on this dispute by Mr. Bhagirath Choudhary, the founder director of the South Asia Biotechnology Centre (SABC), New Delhi and Dr. Usharani KS, who practices at Prometheus Patent Services, Hyderabad. This post is in response to NSAI’s post, which in turn was in response to Prashant’s post on whether Monsanto’s invention can be protected as a plant variety…


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Patent Plant Variety Protection

National Seed Association of India (NSAI) on Delhi High Court’s Judgment in the Monsanto-Nuziveedu Dispute


We bring you a guest post from Mr. R.K. Trivedi, Director (Technical) of National Seed Association of India (NSAI). This post is in response to Prashant’s post on whether Monsanto’s invention can be protected as a plant variety and seek benefit-sharing from Nuziveedu, which was published on the blog last week. As readers may be aware, Monsanto is locked in what is possibly the biggest patent/technology battle against various seed companies for some years now. The main seed companies at…


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