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Biopiracy surges in the Amazon rainforest

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Edited by Iain Mackenzie

Biopiracy means not only the smuggling of diverse forms of flora and fauna, but mainly the appropriation and monopolization of traditional population’s knowledge and biological resources. Biopiracy causes the loss of control of traditional populations over their resources. In the Amazon region this is not a new phenomenon.

This joint knowledge must not be treated as a commodity that can be sold or bought.

In the last years, through the advance of biotechnology, the facilitating of registering international trademarks and patents as well as international agreements on intellectual property, such as TRIPs, the possibilities of such exploitation have multiplied.

TRIPS is an acronym for Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights. The TRIPS agreement is described in the appendix 1C of the World Trade Organization Agreement from 1995. It permits virtually the globalization of patents and trademarks. It grants companies…

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Written by thecanadianheadlines

January 7, 2010 at 5:52 am

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