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Who owns ocean biodiversity?

New study reveals how a single company has registered half of all existing patents associated with genes from marine species

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Study highlights the need for greater transparency and equity of patent ownership and activities with respect to marine genetic resources and biodiversity. Centre researcher Robert Blasiak and colleagues Jean-Baptiste Jouffray, Emma Sundström and Henrik Österblom, along with University of British Columbia colleague Colette Wabnitz, published a study in Science Advances which examines who owns what in terms of marine genetic resources (MGR). The authors found that 84% of the patents were registered by 221 companies, 12% were registered by universities, and the remaining 4% were registered government bodies or non-profit research institutes. However, German company BASF has registered 47% of all marine patent sequences, more than all of the other companies combined. Read more

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