Patent Protection of Plants in AATF Biotechnology Project Countries
Howard Okiror , , African Agricultural Technology Foundation, Cameroon
Aprinah Magarinah Shikoli, , African Agricultural Technology Foundation, Cameroon
Marcelin Tonye Mahop, IP Rights Consultant, African Agricultural Technology Foundation, Cameroon
Alhaji Tejan-Cole, Legal Counsel, African Agricultural Technology Foundation, Kenya
The basis of this article stems from the evolution of protection of plant biotechnology culminating in the extension of intellectual property rights to plant biotechnology. The World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement has particularly served to ensure protection of plant biotechnology as evidenced by Article 27 which provides for agricultural patents by stipulating that patent protection is available for all inventions in all fields.
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