Why UPOV is relevant, transparent and looking to the future: a conversation with Peter Button
Dr Sanderson is a Research Fellow at ACIPA and a Lecturer of Law in Griffith University's Law School. He has published widely on intellectual property, plants and food, and is currently completing a monograph that provides a relational history of the UPOV Convention and its key concepts and principles. The UPOV Convention occupies a central position in intellectual property law and plays an important role in international policy aimed at promoting the development of agriculture. Surprisingly, then, UPOV tends to be viewed as unimportant by some and too technical or obsolete by others, and seldom receives the kind of attention bestowed on intellectual property law heavyweights such as copyright and patents. In 2012, I had the opportunity to visit UPOV in Geneva and have wide ranging discussions with the Vice Secretary-General of UPOV, Peter Button. This article shares Mr Button's views on some of the most important and contentious issues facing the UPOV system.
Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice
Intellectual Property Law