Patents versus plant varietal protection

D.J.F. Eaton, F.W. van Tongeren

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    This chapter develops a theoretical model to analyse the impacts of intellectual property rights (IPRs) policy options on innovation in the plant breeding sector and social welfare. First, some relevant strands of the literature on the scope of IPR protection are reviewed. The theoretical model is then presented, in which a phased-in breeders' exemption is interpreted as affecting the cost functions for breeders. Numerical simulations in the subsequent section illustrate how a phased-in breeders' exemption may drive competitors out of the market while still leaving the leading firm with little incentive to increase investment.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInternational trade and policies for genetically modified products
    EditorsR.E. Evenson, V. Santaniello
    Place of PublicationWallingford, UK
    PublisherCAB International
    ISBN (Print)9780851990569
    Publication statusPublished - 2006

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