The Sorcerer II expedition: Intellectual property and biodiscovery
Rimmer, Matthew (2009) The Sorcerer II expedition: Intellectual property and biodiscovery. Macquarie Journal of International and Comparative Environmental Law, 6(2009), pp. 147-189.
This article considers the significance of a leading marine biodiscovery initiative. In March 2004, Dr. J. Craig Venter announced the official launch of the Sorcerer II Expedition, a scientific expedition of discovery, which would survey marine and terrestrial microbial populations. The Expedition has the potential to uncover tens of thousands of new microbial species and tens of millions of new genes. Venter has disavowed that the Sorcerer II Expedition has any commercial ambitions. However, some have viewed the Sorcerer II Expedition with suspicion. Various civil society groups have accused the Expedition of engaging in 'biopiracy'. This article investigates the Convention on Biological Diversity 1992 and other relevant international treaties, various national and regional regimes to govern access to genetic resources, and benefit-sharing agreements. It considers the intersection of intellectual property law, contract law, environmental law, and international law in this field. This article provides a blueprint for a nationally consistent scheme for access to genetic resources, and a model for future international developments.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Intellectual Property and Innovation Law Research Group|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2009 [please consult the author]|
|Deposited On:||23 Sep 2015 00:34|
|Last Modified:||24 Sep 2015 04:25|
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