Intellectual Property Rights: Implications for Deep-Ocean Stewardship

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Policy Brief DOSI

Intellectual Property (IP) rights have advantages and disadvantages and the various approaches taken by States and innovators can have a significant impact on the future of research, benefit-sharing, capacity building and technology transfer for the deep ocean and its stewardship. A balanced approach is needed to reward innovation and investment and ensure access on appropriate terms.

IP has emerged as a topic for discussion in the negotiations for the development
of a new international legally binding instrument for the conservation and
sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond national jurisdiction under
the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. This brief explains IP
rights, their intersections with science, and the advantages and disadvantages
of different approaches.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Specialist publicationDeep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative
PublisherDeep Ocean Stewardship Initiative
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020

Bibliographical note

This policy brief was prepared by BBNJ working
group members:
Professor Abbe E. L. Brown
Professor Marcel Jaspars
with contributions from Harriet Harden-Davies, Hannah Sharman & Maria Baker


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