Title: How agricultural biotechnology scientists perceive intellectual property rights (IPRs) and their implications: insights from developing Asia

Authors: Jane Payumo; Howard Grimes; Keith Jones

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Abstract: This paper presents the results of a web-survey of scientists and researchers from India, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, conducted to measure their awareness, attitudes and perspectives towards the new intellectual property rights (IPRs) paradigm in agriculture. Results indicate that respondents are aware on IPR and its features and have openness in answering IPR-related questions despite the current ambiguity and debate surrounding IPRs in public sector research. They also understand global policy trends and some of the risk factors involved. However, they need to have more exposure to, and training on, the use of the different IPR instruments. Interestingly, respondents disclosed that even with expanding IPR in agriculture, they did not have problems accessing new biological materials and genetic resources from local and international research centres. Results can serve as important reference for institutions implementing IP capability programmes for better appreciation of the importance of IPR for public research institutions.

Keywords: agricultural biotechnology; biotech scientists; intellectual property rights; IPR; survey; public sector research; India; Malaysia; Philippines; Thailand; Vietnam; agriculture.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIPM.2011.043872

International Journal of Intellectual Property Management, 2011 Vol.4 No.4, pp.220 - 238

Received: 15 Aug 2011
Accepted: 25 Oct 2011

Published online: 31 Oct 2014 *

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