The chapter looks at the role of intellectual property law in fostering agricultural innovation in India, particularly through patents and plant variety protection. Specifically, it surveys the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Act, 2001 (PPVFR Act), the Seeds Act, 1966 and the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999 (GIs Act). A detailed examination is undertaken of the protection of farmers varieties under the PPVFR Act and of genetic resources under that Act. The legislative scheme of the GIs Act is detailed and its application to rice cultivation. The role of geographical indications in agricultural innovation is considered, as well as their relationship to traditional knowledge. The role of the Seeds Acts and Indian Seeds policies in promoting agricultural innovation is examined as well as the impact of the Biological Diversity Act 2002.
|Title of host publication||Local Knowledge, Intellectual Property and Agricultural Innovation|
|Editors||Michael Blakeney, Kadambot Siddique|
|Place of Publication||Singapore|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|