The Development Of End-Point Royalties In Australian Agriculture And The Transformation Of Intellectual Property

The challenges of enforcing intellectual property (IP) rights over protected biological materials have led agricultural industries in Australia to implement a new system for the collection of royalties on harvested material. This system solved several dilemmas of previous royalty arrangements, but it created new challenges in regulating the circulation of IP-protected materials.

This project explores the mechanisms used to regulate the circulation of protected materials under this new system. In tracking these shifts, it furthers scholarship on the transformation of IP and how such transformations affect access to and control over IP-protected biological materials for IP owners, farmers, breeders, and others in the agricultural sector.

This research is funded by The University of Queensland Development Fellowship.

Project members

Dr Susannah Chapman

Research Fellow
TC Beirne School of Law