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Protect or Plunder? : Understanding Intellectual Property Rights - Vandana Shiva

Protect or Plunder?

Understanding Intellectual Property Rights

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Vandana Shiva shows how the protection of intellectual property is being transformed into corporate plunder, looking at how Western-inspired laws do not stimulate human creativity or knowledge. This compelling book looks at what ideas, technologies, and inventions can be exploited for profit by giant corporations in “knowledge economy.” This book highlights why popular resistance around the world is rising to the WTO that polices this new intellectual world order, and the pharmaceutical, biotech, and other corporations which dominate it—and the new technologies they are foisting upon humans.
Vandana Shiva shows how the protection of intellectual property is being transformed into corporate plunder, looking at how Western-inspired laws do not stimulate human creativity or knowledge. This compelling book looks at what ideas, technologies, and inventions can be exploited for profit by giant corporations in “knowledge economy.” This book highlights why popular resistance around the world is rising to the WTO that polices this new intellectual world order, and the pharmaceutical, biotech, and other corporations which dominate it—and the new technologies they are foisting upon humans.

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One of the world's most prominent radical scientists.' The Guardian

'The South's best known environmentalist.' New Internationalist

'Vandana Shiva is a leading physicist who abandoned an exciting career in her country's nuclear energy programme because she felt .... that arrogant late 20th century science now poses such a threat to the "web of life" (of which we are merely a part) that a committed scientist should take the side of Nature against further artifice and destruction.' The Observer

'Vandana Shiva is a burst of creative energy and intellectual power.' The Progressive

Introduction: Patents--An Ethical Crisisp. 1
The Role of Patents in Historyp. 11
Patents as Instruments of Conquestp. 11
Patents as Reward for Inventivenessp. 13
Patents as Instruments for Technology Transfer, Catching Up and Import Monopoliesp. 14
Patents and Control over the Global Economyp. 18
The Myth of Patentsp. 21
The Myth of Stimulating Creativityp. 21
The Myth of Technology Transfer, Innovation and R&Dp. 26
The Myth of Knowledge Generationp. 30
Of Spies, Crime and IPRsp. 33
Threats to Biodiversityp. 40
The Enclosure of the Commonsp. 44
Biopiracyp. 49
What is Biopiracy?p. 49
Stealing from the Pharmacy of the Poorp. 53
Stealing from the Farms of our Farmersp. 56
Stealing Nature's Pesticidep. 57
Resolving Biopiracyp. 61
Can Seed be Owned?p. 69
Seed: The Ultimate Giftp. 69
Seed Legislationp. 73
Patents on Plantsp. 76
Patents on Seed: Terminating Germinationp. 80
Profiteering from Diseasep. 86
Democracy or Dictatorship?p. 94
Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs)p. 95
TRIPs and Patents on Plantsp. 98
TRIPs and Biodiversityp. 102
TRIPs and Patent Laws in Indiap. 104
The Way Forwardp. 113
TRIPs Reform and Reviewp. 115
Farmers' Rights as Community Rights: The Sui Generis Systemp. 120
IPR Reform in Indiap. 128
Conclusionp. 132
Patent Laws in Indiap. 134
Referencesp. 143
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ISBN: 9781842771099
ISBN-10: 1842771094
Series: Global Issues Series
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 9th February 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.05 x 12.7  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.16
Edition Number: 1