Document Type

Working Paper

Publication Date

4-5-2006

Working Paper Number

WP #06016, April 2006

Abstract

This paper presents an economic perspective on intellectual property in plant materials, including its value, and summary information on the U.S. seed industry. It first considers intellectual property rights--types, economic incentives that they bestow, and uses across developed and developing countries. Second, it considers the U.S. seed industry-- characteristics for major crops, optimal pricing of a superior variety, and relative size of public and private research expenditures. Some conclusions and implications are presented in the final section.

File Format

application/pdf

Length

33 pages

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