The International Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology Research (ICABR)



Sui Generis Protection of Plant Varieties in Asian Agriculture: a regional regime in the making?


Henrik Egelyng, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Los Banos, Philippines





This paper examines the plant variety protection (pvp) regimes emerging throughout Asia. The overview provided includes the following countries: China, Indonesia, Korea, Lao PDR, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Pakistan, Thailand and Vietnam. Particular focus is given to the Philippines. Focusing on the challenge for the provision of international rice research public goods,questions are raised as to how implementation of plant variety protection legislation will affect existing networks for exchange of rice varieties and improved rice germplasm. The emerging plant variety protection regimes then, are examined from a perspective of regulation and the potential for economy of scale and other possible benefits from a regional division of labor in implementing plant variety protection. In examining these issues, attention is given to how the differences between the US and the European models of plant variety and patent protection of plants will have different implications.Similarly, the different trends between using a patent vis a vis a PvP approach to protecting plants and biotechnological innovations are analyzed, with a view to their implications for an Asian plant variety protection comprising rice.




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