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The Trips Agreement and Agriculture

By Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Nutrition Reference Publication

Electronic reproduction.

Excerpt: The TRIPS Agreement includes three items related to agriculture: geographical indications (Arts. 22-24); patent protection of agricultural chemical products (Arts. 70.8 and 70.9); and plant variety protection (Art.27.3(b)). The issues raised by Art.27.3(b) are of particular concern to FAO. The obligation of WTO Members to adopt protection to plant varieties, either by patents or by an effective sui generis system, or by any combination thereof, has important implications for the development of the agricultural economies and trade of developing countries. Many countries are seeking technical advice and assistance.


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