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The question that this paper seeks to tackle is whether the patent system is of any relevance or pertinence to the search for mechanisms for the protection of traditional knowledge(TK) of the medicinal uses of biodiversity possessed by traditional knowledge practitioners across different parts of the world. Allegations of biopiracy have been made against researchers, bioprospectors and other entities actively scouring indigenous peoples' cornucopia for the next miracle drug. The objective ofdoi:10.2139/ssrn.1688485 fatcat:bme2pcepfrfbfbt643mnab2u5u