Entries by European Parliament Web Team from 12/2012

Biopiracy: Patenting the Public Good

| Posted 12.03.2012 | UK Politics

Pharmaceutical companies are increasingly relying on traditional knowledge to help identify plants with medicinal properties, which they then research to create new products. Unfortunately, local communities do not always benefit.

Slashing the Cost of Innovation: A Patently Good Development

| Posted 12.10.2012 | UK Politics

The patent remains an essential part of a modern economy as it is the driving force behind innovation. But for it to be really efficient, a patent regime needs to be both cheap and easily enforceable. European patents currently fail on both counts.

What the Erasmus Programme Teaches Us About Europe

| Posted 12.17.2012 | UK Universities & Education

It's no wonder then that the European Parliament has been so keen to defend the Erasmus programme. It significantly boosts career prospects and improves engagement in the European project.