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FARMERS' RIGHTS LEGISLATION & POLICY DATABASE:

India


Legislation on Farmers' Rights and community rights related to crop genetic resources

The Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers` Rights Act, 2001
   Status: Adopted as of 30 October 2001
   Relevant provisions: Chapter 4. Duration and Effect of Registration and Benefit Sharing, Chapter 6. Farmers` Rights
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The Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers` Rights Rules
   Status: Adopted as of 30 October 2001
   Relevant provisions: Chapter 6. Farmers` Rights
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Legislation on conservation and sustainable use of crop genetic resources

The Biological Diversity Bill, 2002
   Status: Adopted as of 5 February 2003
   Relevant provisions: Chapter 9. Duties of the central and state governments, Chapter 10. Biodiversity Management Committees.
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Traditional knowledge legislation

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Bioprospecting legislation with access and benefit sharing provisions

The Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers` Rights Act, 2001
   Status: Adopted as of 30 October 2001
   Relevant provisions: Chapter 4. Duration and Effect of Registration and Benefit Sharing.
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The Biological Diversity Bill, 2002
   Status: Adopted as of 5 February 2003
   Relevant provisions: CChapter 2. Regulation of Biological Diversity, Chapter 5. Approvals by the National Biodiversity Authority.
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Seed laws, including seed certification rules

The Seeds Act, 1966 (including amendments and rules)
   Status: Adopted as of 29 December 1966
   Relevant provisions: Section 9. Grant of certificate by certification agency, Section 17. Restriction on export and import of seeds of notified kind or varieties, Section 24. Exemption.
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The Seeds Bill, 2004
   Status: Draft from 2004, under examination with the Committee on Agriculture
   Relevant provisions: Chapter 3. Registration of kinds and varieties of seeds, etc, Chapter 4. Regulation of sale of seed and seed certification agencies, Chapter 7. Export and import of seeds and planting material.
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Laws on plant variety protection, also called plant breeders' rights legislation

The Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers` Rights Act, 2001
   Status: Adopted as of 30 October 2001
   Relevant provisions: Chapter 3. Registration of Plant Varieties and Essentially Derived Variety, Chapter 4. Duration and Effect of Registration and Benefit Sharing.
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The Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers` Rights Rules
   Status: Adopted as of 30 October 2001
   Relevant provisions: Chapter 3. Registration of Plant Variety
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Patent laws

The Patents Act, 1970
   Status: Entered into force in 1970
   Relevant provisions: Chapter 2. Inventions not patentable
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The Patents (Amendment) Act, 2005
   Status: Adopted as of 4 April 2005
   Relevant provisions: Section 3. Amendment of section 3. Section 4. Omission of section 5
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The Patents (Amendment) Act, 2002
   Status: Adopted as of 25 June 2002
   Relevant provisions: Section 4. Amendment of section 3.
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The Patents (Amendment) Act, 1999
   Status: Adopted as of 26 March 1999
   Relevant provisions: Section 2. Amendment of section 5
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