Scientists in Ghana have appealed to government to speed up work on the legal framework to protect their intellectual property rights.

According to them, most biological materials and technologies developed in the country are not covered by the existing intellectual property rights.

A typical case in point is over 100 improved crop varieties and production technologies developed by Crops Research Institute for adoption by farmers and other end-users.

Research Scientist in Breeding and Molecular Biology, Dr. Stephen Amoah described as worrying how people utilized their research finding without recognition.

He said the delay in the legal framework discourage a lot of scientist who have invested a lot of intellectual resources in their work.

Dr. Stephen Amoah said the copyright law when introduced will generate revenue, motivate scientist and also create competition to improve the quality of research in the country.

Meanwhile, Parliament is considering a bill on Plant Breeders Rights, expected to allow commercial end-users of research products to pay royalties to the scientists and their institutions.

Director of the Crop Research Institute, Dr. Hans Adu-Dapaah is confident the bill will be passed this year.

The bill on Plant Breeders Rights allows the breeder to choose to become the exclusive marketer of the variety or license the variety to others.

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