Biopiracy

P. K. Satheeshkumar, Anoop Narayanan

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Abstract

In the nineteenth century, globalization due to industrial revolution made signifi- cant impact in the intra- and international exchange of knowledge and goods. Even though there were many constructive features, globalization propelled few detrimental events like monopolizing the economy by a few countries and biopi- racy. In simple words, the term biopiracy refers to the unethical and illegal exploitation of one's knowledge or resource without prior consent or benefit- sharing agreement by a third party through intellectual property right claims. The phenomenon is present in almost all commercial fields, especially in pharmaceu- tical, food and cosmetic industry. In a general modus operandi, the information gained will be skilfully manipulated to a patent, through which the information will become the intellectual property of the pirate. Superficially, there may not be any similarity with the prior knowledge, but either the resource or the product will be monopolized by the biopirate, thus preventing the actual inventor from utilizing it. It was noted that the benefits were always accounted to the developed countries even though 90 % of the information was from the developing/under- developed nations. Heavy exploitation accompanied with the inevitable destruc- tion of biodiversity forces the organizations like UN to enforce strict means to protect the universe. At present, there are 170 countries that agreed to the fair sharing of information and profit and to the sustainable utilization of natural resources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationStatus and Strategies for Exploration
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Pages185-204
Number of pages20
Volume1
ISBN (Electronic)9789811035739
ISBN (Print)9789811035715
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 10 2017

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)

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Satheeshkumar, P. K., & Narayanan, A. (2017). Biopiracy. In Status and Strategies for Exploration (Vol. 1, pp. 185-204). Springer Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-3573-9_9