Intellectual property rights, international trade and plant breeding

D.J.F. Eaton

Research output: Thesisinternal PhD, WU


Seed is the physical embodiment of the invention of the plant breeder. Plant varieties thus constitute a special form of innovation, and an assessment of intellectual property right (IPR) systems needs to take this into account. This thesis concentrates on IPRs but breeders do have a number of means by which they can capture part of the benefits from the cultivation of their new variety, rather than these falling into to public domain.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Wageningen University
  • Bulte, Erwin, Promotor
  • Ligthart, J.E., Co-promotor, External person
Award date15 Apr 2013
Place of PublicationS.l.
Print ISBNs9789461734693
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • propagation materials
  • plant breeding
  • breeders' rights
  • intellectual property rights
  • international trade
  • innovations
  • policy
  • agricultural sector
  • farms
  • production
  • world
  • developing countries


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