Promoting Sustainable Innovations in Plant Varieties

  • Mrinalini Kochupillai

Part of the Munich Studies on Innovation and Competition book series (MSIC, volume 5)

About this book


This book develops the term ‘Sustainable Innovations’ and defines it on the basis of plant variety innovations that, by their very nature, (i) permit the in situ conservation of agrobiodiversity and genetic variability in diverse geographic and climatic conditions, (ii) do not exclude any potential innovators from the process of innovation, and thereby (iii) ensure that both formal and informal innovations can continue to take place in the generations to come (in both the developed and developing world). The book studies the Indian Plant Variety Protection Act, the UPOV Acts and associated agricultural policies from a legal, philosophical, historical and economic perspective with the aim of determining the means of promoting sustainable innovations in plant varieties and identifying laws, policies and practices that are currently acting as impediments to promoting the same.


Plant varieties Sustainable innovation Creative destruction Market failure Intellectual property

Authors and affiliations

  • Mrinalini Kochupillai
    • 1
  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for Innovation and CompetitionMunichGermany

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