The Social Life of Royalties: Plant intellectual property in Australia (2021–2024)
This project aims to examine the development of a system of end point royalties for patent and plant variety-protected crop varieties in Australia, wherein royalties are calculated on the harvest. In tracking shifts in the royalty system, the project will provide insight into how emerging modes of plant regulation shape the social, economic, and legal relations of Australian grain and fruit production. Expected outcomes of the project include enhanced understanding of the opportunities and challenges that have arisen in the adoption of new royalty arrangements. This should provide significant benefits, such as more equitable management of intellectual property and the identification of social arrangements that can improve food production.