Biodiversity Law in Brazil

The Brazilian government enacted the Biodiversity Law (Federal Law 13, 123/2015), which came into force on the 17th of November 2015.

The law established rules for; access to genetic heritage, protection  of and access to associated traditional knowledge & benefit sharing for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

Eleventh Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11)

The eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) starts today in Hyderabad, India, and continues until the 19th October 2012.
COP 11 will include a high-level ministerial segment organized by the host country in consultation with the Secretariat and the Bureau. The high‑level segment will take place from 17 to 19 October 2012. More » This meeting will take place during the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (UNDB) as declared by the United Nations General Assembly through Resolution 65/161. The United Nations Decade on Biodiversity will serve to support and promote implementation of the objectives of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

There will be a live webcast at and more information on COP11 is available at

Intellectual Property and Biodiversity

Intellectual Property and Biodiversity: Rights to Animal Genetic Resources by Michelangelo Temmerman is to be published on 19th December.
This is a significant resource at 320 pages. This book covers:

    the continuing applicability of trademarks, geographical indications, copyright, and trade secrets;
    patentability rules and exclusions;
    the extension of patent rights over progeny;
    the underlying elements deciding on the shape of regulation – innovation, economic development, agriculture, human rights, animal welfare, the conservation of resources, and equal trading conditions;
    the meaning of ‘essentially biotechnological processes’;
    the legal definitions of ‘morality’ and ‘ordre public’ in the context of animal welfare;
    and the future of international patent law in the context of global governance theories.

Intellectual Property and Biodiversity has a detailed investigation of how three major jurisdictions – the European Union, the United States, and Canada – have regulated the matter and highlights unresolved issues in the laws dealing with animal genetic resources.