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Boston College International and Comparative Law Review

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Seed Wars: Biotechnology, Intellectual Property, And The Quest For High Yield Seeds , Lara E. Ewens May 2000

Seed Wars: Biotechnology, Intellectual Property, And The Quest For High Yield Seeds , Lara E. Ewens

Boston College International and Comparative Law Review

Presently, intellectual property law is the mechanism that determines international protection and control over biotech innovations in plant varieties and the genetic resources that form the basis for those innovations. The intellectual property paradigm that is utilized employs western definitions of property in order to provide a framework in which to allocate rights. This has resulted in serious distributive problems: western-specific ideas about property, authorship, and individual creative inventors do not translate well to areas where cultural knowledge or generational innovation form the basis of important societal achievements. The default solution in the international agricultural context has been to almost ...