New QUNO Reports Encourage Plant Variety Protection Alternatives

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The Quaker UN Office in Geneva has announced two new publications on intellectual property, agriculture, food and biological diversity.

The briefing papers look at alternatives in India and Thailand to plant variety protection (PVP) systems styled after UPOV, the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants, which implements an intellectual property system over new plant varieties.

The reports are available on the QUNO website, here.

“Many intellectual property professionals believe that a country must join UPOV 1991 in order to comply with WTO intellectual property obligations. This is not the case,” says QUNO.

The purpose of the new publications is “to encourage and support countries wishing to develop a PVP system suited to their own specific needs, tailored in particular to their agriculture, food security, innovation and economic development priorities.”

QUNO is also planning to shortly issue a briefing paper on the PVP flexibilities currently available to specific WTO members, it said.

The papers are part of QUNO’s work on food & sustainability, which it said “aims to promote informed, balanced and thoughtful discussion about what agricultural systems are best suited to different circumstances and needs.”

 

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