On the broader view of the open source paradigm: the case for agricultural biotechnology

Meredith A. Taylor, Geoffrey Black, Wita Wojtkowski

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This study reviews the use and advantages of open source software licensing and examines how the use of similar arrangements could increase productivity and innovation in other industries where intellectual property rights (IPR) protection has relied on proprietary measures and where rapid technological innovation is important. We observe that a reliance on proprietary, closed source protection of intellectual property in agricultural biotechnology has hindered product development and resulted in spiraling research and development costs. Reduced research productivity and increasing costs are of serious concern to practitioners, academicians, and policy makers. We show that lessons learned from the open source initiatives in software technology are directly applicable to agricultural biotechnology.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation systems development
Subtitle of host publicationbusiness systems and services: modeling and development
EditorsJaroslav Pokorny, Vaclav Repa, Karel Richta, Wita Wojtkowski, Henry Linger, Chris Barry, Michael Lang
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9781441997906
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Information Systems Development (19th : 2010) - Prague
Duration: 25 Aug 201027 Aug 2010


ConferenceInternational Conference on Information Systems Development (19th : 2010)


  • open source paradigm
  • intellectual property rights


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