Helping or Hurting the Harvest?


  • Rachel K. Pilloff Lowe Hauptman & Ham, LLP



Intellectual Property, Food


First paragraphs:

While many books address the role of intellectual property and goods, they generally address consumer goods such as small electronics, including telephones, computers, and the like. Despite the fundamental role of food and agriculture in our daily lives, very little scholarship evaluates the dynamics between food and intellectual property. The Intellectual Property and Food Project sows the first seeds for discussions on this topic, which I hope will cross-pollinate across the academic, legal, and business sectors so that much benefit can be harvested around the globe.

As its title suggests, The Intellectual Property and Food Project developed from an academic workshop hosted by Griffith University's Australian Centre for Intellectual Property in Agriculture (ACIPA). The workshop was a conversation starter: academics interested in food and intellectual property began discussing the many ways food and intellectual property interact. Realizing that many more discussions could advance our understanding of this dynamic relationship, the workshop participants agreed that a book would provide the foundation for further discussions. Hence they planted the seeds and germinated The Intellectual Property and Food Project....


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Author Biography

Rachel K. Pilloff, Lowe Hauptman & Ham, LLP

Partner and registered U.S. patent attorney at Lowe Hauptman & Ham, LLP, in Alexandria, Virginia, USA. Rachel has substantial experience representing plant breeders and has cultivated a varied and deep practice encompassing all aspects of plant patenting and licensing in the U.S. and across the globe.
Cover of "The Intellectual Property and Food Project"



How to Cite

Pilloff, R. K. (2015). Helping or Hurting the Harvest?. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 5(3), 157–158.