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Australasian Biotechnology (backfiles)
ISSN: 1036-7128
Vol. 9, No. 5, 1999
Bioline Code: au99016
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Australasian Biotechnology (backfiles), Vol. 9, No. 5, 1999

 en Issues and Intellectual Property


Australasian Biotechnology, Volume 9 Number 5, November/December 1999, pp. 272-275


Code Number:AU99016

Biotechnology in India

Looking at the recent developments in India from a Centre for Plant Biotechnology Research that I head in an American campus (and there are many like me in biotechnology in US academia and the biotech industry), I am struck by how a small group of Indian activists (with strong Western connections) opposed to biotechnology have been making headlines virtually unopposed. They are on the warpath against genetically improved crops. And through well-orchestrated campaigns are sowing the seeds of fear in the minds of the Indian public.

The Patent Filing Dilemma- What information can I add later?

This article considers particular problems in seeking patent protection for biotechnology inventions, in relation to which there is often a long lead time between the conception of the principle, and the demonstration of the utility of the invention. In these cases, the legal requirement that a patent specification sufficiently describe and demonstrate the utility of the invention means that the inventor must carefully consider when to file an application. This article discusses the circumstances in which further information can be added to a specification after filing, in Australia, the US, and Europe, and the risks associated with adding such information.

Copyright 1999 Australian Biotechnology Association Ltd.


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