course

This course explores the links and controversies between intellectual property rights and agriculture. In the course, we will begin with a brief overview of what intellectual property rights are, including the main theories of justification for intellectual property protection. Then we will focus specifically on how agricultural products and processes have become subject to intellectual property protection. We will cover various topics including patent rights, farmers' rights, plant variety rights, traditional knowledge, and the links between intellectual property and the right to food. The objective of this course is to allow students to become familiar with and to critically assess the function and value of intellectual property rights in agriculture.