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Inter-relations between IPRs and genetic resources - study required

The European Commission's Environment DG has announced a call to tender for a study on the inter-relations between intellectual property rights (IPRs) regimes and conservation of genetic resources. The contractor should investigate if, and to what extent, sustainable use and ...

The European Commission's Environment DG has announced a call to tender for a study on the inter-relations between intellectual property rights (IPRs) regimes and conservation of genetic resources. The contractor should investigate if, and to what extent, sustainable use and protection of biological diversity can provide a policy justification for IPRs which goes beyond their classic economic justification. On the one hand, the contractor should look into the environmental justifications for the establishment of IPRs or sui generis regimes for traditional knowledge of indigenous people and local communities, on the other hand, it should investigate the environmental justifications for designing or limiting IPRs on biotechnology. Moreover, an attempt to identify the type of IPRs, if any, which further the achievement of the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity should be made. The contract is expected to last one year from the date of signature.cant cFor further information, please contact: European Commission Directorate-General Environment Attn: Mrs Gail Kent rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200 B-1049 Brussels Tel: +32-2-296 0008 Fax +32-2-299 4449 For technical queries, please telephone: +32-2-299 0499