Category Archives: Biotechnology Law

European Parliament Committee Adopts Biopiracy & Intellectual Property Report

On December 6, 2012, members of the European Parliament Development Committee voted to adopt a report that condemned, and proposed solutions to, “biopiracy”–the exploitation of indigenous knowledge or genetic resources of a developing country without permission or sharing in benefits … Continue reading

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Panama Assembly Approves Nagoya Protocol on Genetic Resources

By enacting Law No. 57 of October 4, 2012, the National Assembly of the Republic of Panama approved the Central American nation’s accession to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits … Continue reading

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Nicaraguan Congress Approves Biological Diversity Law

On September 5, 2012, the National Assembly of Nicaragua approved a new Law for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity. Dictamen de Proyecto de Ley de Conservación y Utilización Sostenible de la Diversidad Biológica. The law implements provisions … Continue reading

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European Commission Proposes to Implement Nagoya Protocol

Yesterday the European Commission proposed adoption of a regulation to implement the Nagoya Protocol Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity.  COM(2012) 576 final, 2012/0278 … Continue reading

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Indian Cabinet Approves Nagoya Protocol Ratification

Yesterday, India’s Union Cabinet gave its approval for ratification of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing, a supplementary agreement to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Press Release, Ratification of Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing by … Continue reading

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Mexico Joins Treaty on GMO Liability & Compensation

On September 26, 2012,the secretary of Mexico’s Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) formally notified the United Nations that Mexico has ratified the Nagoya–Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, a treaty that deals with … Continue reading

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Malaysia’s Draft Biological Resources Access & Benefits Law Open For Comment

This week Malaysia’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE) published for public review and comment a draft Access to Biological Resources and Benefit Sharing Act. The bill is intended to implement the provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity … Continue reading

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Salvadoran Proposal To Ratify Nagoya Protocol Highlights Genetic Resources Legal Issues

A commission of El Salvador’s national Legislative Assembly has been conducting a wide-ranging consultation of various stakeholders in connection with the proposed ratification of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits … Continue reading

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Peru Is Leader In Fight Against Biopiracy, Says WIPO Regional Director

In an interview published in the Peruvian newspaper Gestión Diario, Carlos Mazal, the Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), stated that Peru is a leader in the fight against biopiracy. “El … Continue reading

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