Biopatenting and animal breeding – applicability of patent law and recommendations for the future development of the regulatory and legislative framework

Status: 
Archived
Sponsor: 
German Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food.
£211.00
Duration: 
September 2010-October 2012

Introduction

Research project in Cooperation with University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt and Technical University Munich.

Aims of Project

This projects aims to generate scientific evidence to support policy decisions on biopatenting in animal breeding. The project analyses the applicability of patent law in animal breeding and creates recommendations for the future development of the regulatory and legislative framework, giving particular attention to how patent law concepts can be reconciled with the realities of conventional animal breeding. Based on legal analysis and the model of interdisciplinary institutional analysis, possible conflicts between patent law concepts and the practices of animal breeding are identified. In order to clarify needs for action and possible alternatives, regulatory and legislative options (including the status quo), their pre-conditions and implications are identified and pathways for action are developed.