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Regulating Marine Biodiscovery In Sea Areas Under Coastal State Jurisdiction

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One of the principal attributes of biodiscovery is the commercialisation of the research or the intellectual property derived from the research. As it stands, many coastal States maintain an open access approach to marine biodiscovery. This chapter explores the key challenges and recommendations for the establishment of an appropriate governance framework governing biodiscovery activities in sea areas under the jurisdiction of a coastal Member State of the European Union. It begins by presenting some background information on biodiscovery in general. This is followed by a review of some important definitions and an assessment as to whether it is possible to distinguish biodiscovery from the more traditional forms of scientific research such as taxonomy. The chapter concludes by looking at some of the key issues that need to be addressed in designing a framework for biodiscovery in the sea area of a coastal member State of the European Union, namely Ireland.

Keywords: coastal State; European Union; intellectual property; Ireland; marine biodiscovery; scientific research; sea area; taxonomy



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