EU must act to combat biopiracy, say MEPs
European Parliament news release, 15 January 2013

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: The EU must combat the biopiracy of multinationals that exploit plants with medicinal properties and traditional remedies originating from developing countries but fail to share the profits with indigenous peoples, said MEPs in a resolution adopted by a show of hands. According to the resolution, the practice of patenting and marketing the use of traditional knowledge and genetic resources without authorization can impede the economic progress of developing countries and runs counter to EU development policy goals. To prevent biopiracy, the resolution urges that the grant of a patent be made conditional upon a requirement to disclose the origin of genetic resources and traditional knowledge used in inventions, and provide evidence of consent from authorities in the provider countries, as well as of benefit-sharing. Read the release …