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Editor-in-Chief,   Anatole Krattiger

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Concept Foundation


Fiocruz, Brazil

bioDevelopments-   Institute

Plant Variety Protection (PVP), Germplasm Access Legislation, and Farmers’ Rights Introductory Video

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Presented by: William H. Lesser, Susan Eckert Lynch Professor of Science and Business
Run Time: 1 hour 55 minutes
Presented at: Patents, Plants and Profits: Intellectual Property Management in the Life Sciences at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Date: Spring 2009


William H. Lesser What are PVP regimes? How did they originate and work in practice? What has been their effect on private sector investment in various crop breeding programs, on seed prices, and on productivity increases? How do PVP regimes relate to the Convention on Biological Diversity and to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture? What are the diplomatic and other roots of Farmer’s Rights (not to be confused with Breeder’s Rights or Breeder’s Exemption). These and many more subjects are covered in this lecture an illustrated through many case studies from the US, India and elsewhere.