International Political Economy Series

Monsanto and Intellectual Property in South America

Authors: Filomeno, F.

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Intellectual property is one of the most valuable forms of property in the modern world. From the perspective of companies producing knowledge-intensive goods, it encourages technological innovations for the benefit of humanity. For consumers of technology, it can be seen as a restriction on access to knowledge that inflates corporate rents. When genetic material crucial for human life is isolated from the commons, engineered and turned into private intellectual property, dissent is likely to emerge. Felipe Filomeno uses the case of Monsanto in South American soybean agriculture to theorize about the emergence and change of intellectual property regimes. Based on official documents, interviews, journalistic material, and academic literature, the study shows not only the relations of competition, coercion, and alliances that lie behind the post-1980 global upward ratchet of intellectual property protection but also the strategies that have the potential to reverse it.

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Felipe Amin Filomeno is Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil. In 2013, he won the best Ph.D. dissertation prize of the Brazil Section of the Latin American Studies Association.

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"Professor Filomeno throws empirical snarls into [the accepted] master narrative [of the evils of corporate agricultural biotechnology]. He disaggregates the power side of the equation by carefully documenting political interests based in the agroeconomic success of Monsanto's technology in soy production in Latin America. Farmers and nations wanted access to the new technology (glyphosate-tolerant soy), giving Monsanto leverage in negotiations. The result was a political and agroeconomic struggle with variable outcomes over time and space.The book explores mechanisms of variation that undermine simplistic generalizations about corporate intellectual property claims." - Ronald Herring, Latin American Politics and Society, 57(1)


Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Filomeno, Felipe Amin

    Pages 1-25

  • Argentina: The Old Developmental Model

    Filomeno, Felipe Amin

    Pages 26-67

  • Brazil: The Neodevelopmental Model

    Filomeno, Felipe Amin

    Pages 68-108

  • Paraguay: The Dependent Model

    Filomeno, Felipe Amin

    Pages 109-134

  • Conclusion: Seeds of the Future

    Filomeno, Felipe Amin

    Pages 135-156

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Monsanto and Intellectual Property in South America
Authors
Series Title
International Political Economy Series
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-35669-7
DOI
10.1057/9781137356697
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-35668-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-47058-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 187
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