remains vulnerable to bio-pirates who plunder its biological resources such as plants, animals and their genetic material, a senior environment official has said. China
Wu Xiaoqing, deputy head of the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA), said in a recent interview in
that foreign companies patent the stolen resources and then sell them on the Chinese and world markets. Beijing
Your average developing country gets extremely annoyed when its domestic resources are patented by foreigners. When local firms then have to send royalty payments abroad for the use of those resources, well, that’s not such a good situation.
The most famous case was the fight between
Apparently the Chinese government, which has sat on this issue for years, has developed some sort of preliminary outline from which several agencies are moving forward with legislation. This could be interesting.