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Bioethics and Biotechnology Related Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property Rights in Zimbabwe: Issues and Opportunities for Development

Version 1 : Received: 23 August 2021 / Approved: 24 August 2021 / Online: 24 August 2021 (14:11:16 CEST)

How to cite: Mudziwapasi, R.; Chekera, R.; Shoko, R.; Jomane, F.N.; Mugande, U.; Ganyani, S.; Mlambo, A. Bioethics and Biotechnology Related Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property Rights in Zimbabwe: Issues and Opportunities for Development. Preprints 2021, 2021080474 Mudziwapasi, R.; Chekera, R.; Shoko, R.; Jomane, F.N.; Mugande, U.; Ganyani, S.; Mlambo, A. Bioethics and Biotechnology Related Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property Rights in Zimbabwe: Issues and Opportunities for Development. Preprints 2021, 2021080474

Abstract

This paper discusses the bioethics of intellectual property (IP) and intellectual property rights (IPR) applicable to biotechnology-based IP. It outlines some of the laws that are related to IPR in Zimbabwe and globally. The paper additionally highlights gaps, opportunities and concerns with the laws. Finally, the paper highlights some initiatives already underway in Zimbabwe targeted at promoting entrepreneurship, commercialization and industrialization while proposing strategies that can be used to further promote the generation and granting of biotechnology-related IP and IPR in Zimbabwe.

Keywords

Patents; Plant Breeders Rights; IPR laws; Traditional Knowledge; Strategies

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