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ABSF aims to create an enabling environment in which Africa can participate and benefit from biotechnology in a responsible and sustainable manner. The association — through the dissemination of information — aims to enhance an understanding and awareness of all aspects of biotechnology including bio-safety and intellectual property rights. The news and features section mostly contains short information and opinion pieces giving perspectives of scientists and policy-makers in Africa.
The CCRAS is a department within the Indian government dedicated to formulating and coordinating scientific research into indigenous Indian systems of medicine. The organisation funds and undertakes research on treatments for diseases such as hepatitis and filiariasis. The site also has online training modules on drug standardisation and intellectual property rights.
The CGRFA is a permanent forum of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, where governments discuss and negotiate matters relevant to genetic resources for food and agriculture. Originally established in 1983, the forum aims to ensure the conservation and sustainable utilisation of genetic resources for food and agriculture, as well the fair and equitable sharing of benefits derived from their use.
This US-based consumer project was started in 1995 and currently focuses on intellectual property rights and health care, as well as electronic commerce (broadly defined) and competition policy. The CPTech website provides a comprehensive archive of developments in these topics as well as various listservs including IP-Health (see below).
The EPO administers the 1973 European Patent Convention, which currently has 20 member states. The site contains a document database which includes patent applications to the EPO and the World Intellectual Property Organisation in their original languages, as well as the abstracts and titles of 30 million other applications worldwide (in English).
Gene Campaign is a nongovernmental organisation based in Delhi. Established in 1993 by Dr. Suman Sahai, it organises public debates on genetically modified crops and their relevance to Indian small farmers. It also publishes articles and booklets on genetically modified technology, biopiracy, indigenous knowledge and intellectual property rights.
GRAIN is an international non-governmental organisation which promotes the sustainable management and use of agricultural biodiversity based on people's control over genetic resources and local knowledge. It is dedicated to combatting 'genetic erosion', seeks to prevent the destruction of diversity by industrial agriculture, and supports agricultural biodiversity-based programmes. GRAIN publishes quarterly magazines in English (Seedling
) and Spanish (Biodiversidad
The Genome News Network is published by The Center for the Advancement of Genomics, and aims to be a lively, trusted online magazine that covers important developments in genomics research around the world. It is updated on a fortnightly basis with news and feature stories about human medicine, agriculture, microbes, and biotechnology, among other current topics. The website also features a guide to sequenced genomes
and an interactive timeline
of key events in genetic research.
An initiative of the Indian Department of Science Technology and the Confederation of Indian Industry, the Innovation Portal publishes information on innovations, patent procedures and trade fairs for Indian companies. It hosts a discussion forum where individuals can post problems or queries — providing a way for industry to communicate its technological needs.
The ICTSD is a not-for-profit nongovernmental organisation aimed at improving dialogue and understanding about trade and sustainable development. It works with a broad network of organisations, publishing information on and hosting events to discuss intellectual property rights, agriculture and environmental issues.
The ICTSD publishes a monthly review, Bridges, that contains information and analysis of international developments in the global trade debate.
IELRC is an independent, non-profit research organisation based in Geneva that focuses on international and comparative environmental law issues, particularly in India and East Africa. The centre seeks to promote sustainable patterns of world development through collaborative research, policy studies, teaching, consensus building and public information, and includes programmes on biodiversity, climate change and intellectual property.
The INTA mailing list exists for the discussion of worldwide trademark and intellectual property law and business issues, trademark practice automation, and meetings, committees, and services of the International Trademark Association. This moderated list is free and open to all.
This email list provides (mostly) daily news service dealing with information about the patenting world. It contains lots of interesting news and 'gossip' on patents in the United States and internationally.
A very active email list run by James Love at the Consumer Project on Technology (CPTech). The list focuses on public health and intellectual property issues.
IPRsonline is an Internet portal on intellectual property and sustainable development. It contains relevant documents and resources, including a guide to IPRs, proposals submitted to the WTO, discussion papers classified by topics, a calendar of IPRs related events, latest news on IPRs, and links to listservs and relevant institutions working on IPRs.
IPRsonline.org publishes information on intellectual property rights (IPRs), trade and sustainable development. One section of the website is dedicated to publications that link technology transfer and IPRs.
MSF is an independent humanitarian medical aid agency committed to "providing medical aid wherever it is needed and raising awareness of the plight of the people we help". It is currently leading a campaign on access to essential medicines
that includes a critique of patent laws.
This website, run by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), provides access to statistics, publications and documents and country-specific information on biotechnology in agriculture, fisheries and forestry as well as the role of intellectual property rights in innovation in biotechnology. It also provides news on biosafety issues and databases of biotech products and field trials.
The centre's mission is to facilitate and conduct advanced research into all aspects of intellectual property, particularly the proper role of intellectual property in the light of the new technologies. The centre's present and future projects include the conduct of long-term interdisciplinary research aimed at involving researchers drawn from not only the law faculty but also those of economics and management.
Based at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, PTRR aims to extend to indigenous peoples and local communities "knowledge of appropriate mechanisms for protecting the integrity of their knowledge and resources".