The Enola Bean Patent Controversy: Biopiracy, Novelty and Fish-And-Chips

By: Gillian N. Rattray

Should traditional knowledge be patentable? As the number of patents filed by large corporations for native crops has increased, activists have become concerned about the economic effects of these patents on indigenous people. This iBrief discusses the attempts by one group of activists to test the validity of such patents in the United States and explores the issue of biopiracy in the Third World.

Cite: 2002 Duke L. & Tech. Rev. 0008

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