Basmati Exports and RiceTech’s patents

Stressing the need to acknowledge the proprietary rights over traditional knowledge and practices:

Abstract:

The controversy over the granting of patenting rights to three new strains of Basmati rice by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is used as a case study to analyze the impact of incomplete protection of intellectual property. Results suggest that the introduction of a competing product that may infringe on India’s geographical indicator has lowered the product differentiation of Indian Basmati rice in key export markets.

Mulik, Kranti and Crespi, John M. (2011) “Geographical Indications and The Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights Agreement (TRIPS): A Case Study of Basmati Rice Exports,” Journal of Agricultural & Food Industrial Organization: Vol. 9: Iss. 1, Article 4.
DOI: 10.2202/1542-0485.1336
Available at: http://www.bepress.com/jafio/vol9/iss1/art4

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