Innovation Plant Variety Protection Traditional Knowledge

The Sustainable Seed Innovations Project: Prong 2 – Re-Designing Education for Agricultural Students and their Teachers (Part III)


Prong 2 – Re-Designing Education for Agricultural Students and their Teachers (Part III) Prof. Gregory Radick How values acquired in the genetics classroom might translate to farming practice Near the beginning of this position paper we gestured briefly toward some links between Mendelian genetics, with its distinctive emphasis on hybrid seeds, and post-Green-Revolution high-yield, industrially farmed, chemically saturated agriculture.  With the two genetics pedagogies in view, we can now pursue a further question: What, exactly, might the affinities be between…


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Innovation Plant Variety Protection Traditional Knowledge

The Sustainable Seed Innovations Project: Prong 2 – Re-Designing Education for Agricultural Students and their Teachers (Part II)


Prong 2 – Re-Designing Education for Agricultural Students and their Teachers (Part II) Prof. Gregory Radick “Genes, environments, and variability” genetics teaching: There is, fortunately, another way. For some while, PI Radick, as a historian of science, has been re-examining the debate that broke out over Mendel’s experiments after the 1900 rediscovery of his paper on them.[1] The debate was most intense between the Cambridge-based William Bateson, who did more than anyone to promote Mendel’s work as the foundation for…


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Innovation Plant Variety Protection Traditional Knowledge

The Sustainable Seed Innovations Project: Prong 2 – Re-Designing Education for Agricultural Students and their Teachers (Part I)


In the next (four-part) post in the ongoing blog post series on The Sustainable Seed Innovations Project), Prof. Gregory Radick provides an overview of the educationally focused “second prong” of the position paper’s three-prong approach. He discusses the need to redesign elements of agricultural training to ensure a better fit with the goal of greater sustainability, looking in particular at how his historical research into the organization of knowledge in two areas — Mendelian genetics and intellectual property — has…


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Others

SpicyIP Weekly Review (July 15-21)


Thematic Highlight  Divij wrote a post on a recent proposal of the WIPO, called ‘Building Respect For Intellectual Property Database Project’, an online platform to which authorized agencies in WIPO Member States can upload lists of websites which deliberately facilitate copyright infringement. Divij focuses on several ambiguities in this proposal, such as the identities of these ‘authorised agencies’ and the authoritativeness of such a list. He concludes by stating that the WIPO seems to be endorsing a system for removing funding from…


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Copyright

World Intellectual Property Organisation Wants to Create an Opaque, Private and Global ‘Piracy Blacklist’


The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) was created in 1967 as an international, multi-stakeholder body to ‘encourage creativity and protect intellectual property throughout the world.’ It’s a matter of concern, therefore, when a body ostensibly meant to represent diverse interests in matters of intellectual property development chooses to develop a private, arbitrary and non-transparent ‘blacklist’ meant to target advertisement funding of websites. WIPO’s latest proposal, known as the “Building Respect For Intellectual Property Database Project”, is described as – “a…


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Trademark

“A Sherlockian Venture”: The Delhi High Court Shuts Down (Genuine?) E-Commerce Sales Unauthorized by Trade Mark Claimants


We’re pleased to bring to you a guest post by Eashan Ghosh on the recent Delhi High Court decision restraining various e-commerce platforms (including Amazon, Flipkart and Snapdeal) from enabling sale of products of ‘direct selling’ companies without their consent. Eashan has been in practice as an intellectual property advocate and consultant in New Delhi since 2011, and teaches a seminar on intellectual property law at National Law University, Delhi. Eashan writes about Indian intellectual property law, including a monthly…


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Innovation Plant Variety Protection Traditional Knowledge

The Sustainable Seed Innovations Project: Varieties Are The Rice Of Life


The first farmer story by Natalie Kopytko, Post-Doctoral Research Associate, University of Leeds (in the ongoing blog post series on The Sustainable Seed Innovations Project) demonstrated how traditional knowledge can be applied in new innovative ways and that farmers are unable to financially benefit despite Geographical Indications. This second story demonstrates how traditional ecological knowledge, specifically seed selection in Assam, led to the wide range of rice varieties cultivated today. These stories provide clear examples of the achievements of innovative…


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Innovation Traditional Knowledge

The Sustainable Seed Innovations Project: Agrobiodiversity Provides a Golden Opportunity


In the next two posts in the ongoing blog post series on The Sustainable Seed Innovations Project, Natalie Kopytko, Post-Doctoral Research Associate, University of Leeds brings us two farmer stories. These stories provide clear examples of the achievements of innovative farmers and the challenges they face. This first story demonstrates how traditional knowledge can be applied in new innovative ways. At the same time, the story demonstrates that farmers are unable to financially benefit despite Geographical Indications. Agrobiodiversity Provides a…


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Others

SpicyIP Weekly Review (July 8-14)


We had an extremely busy week at SpicyIP! Here’s the roundup: Topical Highlight In a guest post, Prashant Reddy wrote a piece on the Delhi HC’s decision to allow the current Chairman and Technical Expert for Plant Varieties to hear disputes in all matters, including patents, trademarks, etc. It has also declared that all orders passed by the IPAB without quorum are proper. Prashant argues that the judgment ignores the provisions of the Trade Marks Act, and makes a mockery…


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Innovation Plant Variety Protection

The Sustainable Seed Innovations Project: Prong 1-Revival of Traditional Ecological Knowledge Based Farming Systems (Part II)


Prong 1- Revival of Traditional Ecological Knowledge Based Farming Systems: Traditional Knowledge through the Lens of Modern Scientific Research (Part II)  Julia Köningera*, Jasper Matthiessenb*, Mrinalini Kochupillaic, Prabhakar Raod# Traditional Knowledge Meets Modern Science After decades of focusing on chemical intensive, uniform/standardized farming, the modern understanding of efficient and sustainable farming is presently shifting away from artificial fertilizer and pesticide driven monoculture towards more traditional methods and practices of cultivation. Commonly known among these, are practices of mulching, low tillage,…


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