[National Consultation] Biodiversity and Intellectual Property: Policy Options for Implementing Access and Benefit Sharing in India
January 29-30, 2015, National Law University, New Delhi
Organized by: Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway and National Law University, New Delhi
India has been a key player as one of the leaders of the developing world in promoting equitable access and benefit sharing (ABS) mechanisms in international negotiations. India is also among the first countries in the world to have established laws on access and benefit sharing. Owing to the requirement of providing stronger intellectual property under the TRIPs Agreement - more specifically patents related to genetic resources - it remains to be seen how countries can deal with a complex interface between biodiversity and intellectual property rights. This consultation aimed to bring together policy makers, academicians, NGO representatives and legal experts to deliberate on the best policy options for India for implementing access and benefit sharing mechanisms.