28 October 2005

Patents: Micro-organisms

Budapest Treaty: Designation of International Depository Authority

The WIPO announced today that the Banco Nacional de Algas (BNA), is designated as an international depositary authority within the meaning of article 6 (2) of the Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Micro-organisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure.

Perhaps more interesting is the blurb on the home page which indicates the BNA’s role in the Spanish Global Biodiversity Information Facility, That is described as “the biodiversity equivalent of the Human Genome Project”. Its  objective is to establish an interoperable network of biodiversity databases, aiming to be a basic tool for the scientific development of any country for better protection and use of global biodiversity

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