1 June 2012Jurisdiction reportsAt van Rooy

IP rights for genetically modified plants and other GMOs

Genetically modified (GM) plants enjoy intellectual property protection under patent and plant breeders’ rights (PBR), as well as other statutory provisions, and are additionally affected by legislation in cases where the plants are associated with an indigenous source or traditional knowledge. The interrelationships between the respective statutory and IP rights and obligations are investigated below, with specific reference to GM plants and other organisms (GMOs).

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