Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Life Is Not a Patentable Invention

Life Is Not a Patentable Invention

Today is New Zealand’s chance to rule out the patenting of life with the Green Party’s amendment to the Patent Bill.

This Supplementary Order Paper clarifies that patents must not be held over life.

“The Patents Bill, coming before Parliament today, modernises the old 1953 Patents Act and rules out the granting of patents on humans, and methods of treatment or diagnosis which is a great step forward. It also rules out patents for computer programmes and plant varieties,” said Green Party genetic engineering spokesperson Steffan Browning.

“I have put forward an amendment to also rule out being able to patent life or certain elements of life, such as genes and proteins that exist in nature.

“Without this amendment we will be leaving the door open to continued risk of private profit making from our collectively owned genes and natural resources, the blocking of open research, and the process of stealing resources, including the intellectual property of Māori.

“Patenting life is not the way forward, and I have written to all MPs asking them to support my amendment.

“Ruling out the patenting of life will also rule out the use of genetic engineering to gain a patent on a life form.

“The Bill would be improved by extending these exemptions to include any forms of life – as they are not inventions that should be owned by any person or corporation.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On War Crimes And The Afghan Insurgency

Truly, with friends like former defence Minster Wayne Mapp, the SAS does not need enemies. At the very least, the Hit and Run book has raised the possibility that the New Zealand SAS committed war crimes in the attack they led in Afghnistan upon the villages of Naik and Khak Khuday Dad...

Mapp’s attempted defence of the SAS on RNZ this morning unintentionally indicated that collective punishment was baked into the planning exercise for the raid, and also into how the raid proceeded on the ground. More>>

 

Biscuit Tin Of Democracy: World Heritage Site Protection, Ombudsman and Equal Pay Bills Drawn

On Thursday, 23 March 2017 three places are available on the Order Paper for the first reading of a Member’s bill. The ballot was held, and resulted in the following bills being drawn... More>>

ALSO:

Emissions Plan: NZ Needs More Science, More Trees, Fewer Beasts

A combination of technology breakthroughs, much more plantation forestry, and a big switch away from pastoral, particularly dairy farming, are identified as the key elements of any approach New Zealand takes to reducing its carbon emissions to a net zero level, according to a new report sponsored by the New Zealand chapter of GLOBE, a multi-party, global parliamentary grouping. More>>

ALSO:

"Backed To Win Seats": Labour Māori Seat MPs Won't Stand On List

The Labour Party is backing a request from its Māori seat MPs to stand as electorate MPs only, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. More>>

Productivity Commission: New Models Of Tertiary Education Are Coming

The report is a broad-ranging inquiry into how well New Zealand’s tertiary education system is set up to respond to emerging trends in technology and the internationalisation of education, and changes in the structure of the population, and the skills needed in the economy and society... More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: Water Everywhere

Monday's Post-Cabinet press conference focused on water, with the Prime Minister fielding questions about the possibility pricing water taken for export. Mr English said the government was directing their water allocation technical advisory group to include export water in considerations. More>>

ALSO:

Kim Workman: Reality Check Needed For Public Service Reoffending Target

Reducing the prison population results in a reduction in re-offending. Shortening sentences reduces reoffending... More>>

ALSO:

PSA: Minister Should Stop Dodging On Salisbury School

"The decision around the future of Salisbury School has been overdue for months, and the ambiguity is leaving parents, staff and students in limbo. It’s time the Minister stopped hiding, muddying the waters and being dishonest about her Ministry’s intentions," says Erin Polaczuk, PSA national secretary. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news