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biopiracy

(bī′ō-pī′rə-sē)
n.
The commercial development of biological compounds or genetic sequences by a technologically advanced country or organization without obtaining consent from or providing fair compensation to the peoples or nations in whose territory the materials were discovered.

bi′o·pi′rate (bī′ō-pī′rĭt) n.
(1) The patenting of plants, genes, and other biological products that are indigenous to another country
(2) The unauthorised commandeering by wealthy nations or companies of biologically ‘interesting’ molecules—e.g., extremozymes, conotoxins, and others—from cash-poor, biodiversity-rich regions—e.g., Brazil—usually those lacking the financial resources to develop products or the legal resources to stop gene theft

biopiracy

The use of wild plants by international companies to develop medicines, without recompensing the countries from which they are taken.
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Thus, by confining the definition of biodiversity to products of nature, which by definition are not patent eligible, biopirates decouple these plants from their associated traditional knowledge and prevent the plants' original owners from seeking protection for their intellectual investment.
At the same time, it is necessary that legal regulations, specially the Brazilian one, establish exemplar punishments in order to discourage biopirates and actually charge the payment of the established fees, preferably directing the collected amount to the empowerment and equipment of environmental police.
Indigenous people and farmers baffle corporate biopirates