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[Upcoming lecture] Kjell Ericson, 'Reconsidering Japan’s Plant Patent Movement: National Histories, Colonial Legacies, and Transpacific Dynamics', 4 April 2023

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Upcoming People, Plants and the Law lecture

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*Kjell Ericson (Kyoto University) *Reconsidering Japan’s Plant Patent
Movement: National Histories, Colonial Legacies, and Transpacific Dynamics**

A movement calling for plants to be treated as patentable inventions emerged
in 1970s Japan. Among the loudest proponents of reform were people who had
long engaged in the breeding and propagation of fruits and flowers, in certain
cases far beyond Japan's post-1945 borders. My presentation contextualizes the
activities of the plant patent movement these breeders and propagators

Although United States plant patent precedents loomed large in Japanese
debates, the issue was not simply one of borrowing existing legal frameworks.
Rather, ideas of plant patenting were enmeshed in complex histories of
migration, settler colonialism, and agricultural improvement. The
implementation of a non-patent based Japanese plant variety protection system
split opinion within the plant patent movement and contributed to its breakup
by the early 1980s. Even so, several of the movement's former members later
became involved in a widely publicized dispute over the patentability of a
fruit tree: a peach variety with roots in colonial-era Korea. In tracing
Japan's plant patent movement alongside plants and people in motion, this
presentation reconsiders issues of ownership and state power beyond nationally
framed histories of plant variety protection alone.* *

*Date:*Tuesday 4 April 2023
*Time: *2:30pm-3:30pm AEST
*Venue: *Zoom

Register here

Kjell Ericson is a Program-Specific Senior Lecturer at Kyoto University's
Center for the Promotion of Interdisciplinary Education and Research and
teaches history in the Kyoto-Heidelberg Joint Degree in Transcultural Studies
(JDTS) Program. His research interests are in histories of environment,
technology, and law, in and around the Japanese archipelago. An in-progress
monograph project examines Japan's southern Mie Prefecture, a region that was
once the global center of saltwater pearl cultivation. His publications
include contributions to multiple edited volumes and research articles in
*Technology and Culture*, * Zinbun*, and the *Journal of the History of

About the People, Plants and the Law Online Lecture Series

The People, Plants, and the Law online lecture series
 explores the legal and lively entanglements of human and
botanical worlds.

Today people engage with and relate to plants in diverse and sometimes
divergent ways. Seeds—and the plants that they produce—may be receptacles
of memory, sacred forms of sustenance, or sites of resistance in struggles
over food sovereignty. Simultaneously, they may be repositories of gene
sequences, Indigenous knowledge, bulk commodities, or key components of
economic development projects and food security programs.

This lecture series explores the special role of the law in shaping these
different engagements, whether in farmers’ fields, scientific laboratories,
international markets, or elsewhere.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Berris Charnley

This lecture series is a partnership between The University of Queensland, The
ARC Laureate Project Harnessing Intellectual Property to Build Food Security,
The ARC Centre of Excellence for Plant  Success in Nature & Agriculture, and
The ARC Uniquely Australian Foods Training Centre.





The organisers of the People Plants and the Law lecture series acknowledge the
Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing
connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders past, present and emerging.

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