Should There Be An Obligation of Disclosure of Origin of Genetic Resources in Patent Applications? Learning Lessons from Developing Countries

18 August 2008

The article discusses whether there should be an obligation of disclosure of origin of genetic resources in patent applications. In particular, Laurie comments on the evolving relations of the intellectual property world and the role of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in the international policy debate on such matters. The difficulties of the interconnectedness of the patent system and the Convention on Biological Diversity are considered, with the possible implications of an obligation of disclosure for the future of patent law, and international laws and policy.