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Reflexive Governance for Global Public Goods$
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Eric Brousseau, Tom Dedeurwaerdere, and Bernd Siebenhüner

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780262017244

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262017244.001.0001

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Governance of the Research and Development Sector for Biotechnology:

Governance of the Research and Development Sector for Biotechnology:

Intellectual Property Rights and Bioprospecting

(p.105) 6 Governance of the Research and Development Sector for Biotechnology:
Reflexive Governance for Global Public Goods

Mare Sarr

Timothy Swanson

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This chapter focuses on the role of intellectual property rights and bioprospecting in the governance of research and development (R&D) for biotechnology. It analyzes the bioprospecting industry and aims to contribute to this through a detailed case study. The case study analyzes the complex impact of incentives on the provision of global public goods, referring to the specific use of intellectual property as an incentive for encouraging investment in research based on in situ and ex situ biodiversity. The chapter reveals that current governance is inefficient to manage the R&D sector, and that integration within the industry will be essential in providing incentives for information production through bioprospecting. Integration will enable better coordination of information production and revenue generation without multiple distortions.

Keywords:   biotechnology, bioprospecting, biodiversity

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