The importance of Intellectual Property on agribusiness products


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  • Written by:

    Dan Mwangi

    dan@mtkenyatimes.co.ke

    The aspect of Intellectual Property has been an issue that affects a wide range of businesses as well as organisations across the globe. In reality, the infringement of a patent or even a copyright-protected form of innovation isn’t news to the world. Organisations and companies have been infringing on the patents of other entities, resulting to legal tussles. Based on such instances, there is a need to wholly understand the matrix that entails the infringement of copyrights as well as patents. Intellectual property entails the various creations that emanate from the mind. In the setting of agribusiness, such creations include, but not limited to inventions, applications, products, as well as symbols and names that are used for commercial purposes. To protect these creations from being snatched or used illegally, there are mechanisms that should be followed. More so, within the realm of the agricultural sector, there is an array of equipment and products launched to cater for the needs and demands of both the famers and the consumers. It, therefore, follows that these equipment, applications, and products can have positive impacts on the transformation of the agribusiness sector. Such an outcome means that organisations, and other shadowy entities, may engage in stealing the ideas, design, and workability of these products. For inventions, patents come in handy while for artistic works, copyrights are infused.

    In the setting of agribusiness, such creations include, but not limited to inventions, applications, products, as well as symbols and names that are used for commercial purposes. To protect these creations from being snatched or used illegally, there are mechanisms that should be followed

    The significance and input of Intellectual Property on agribusiness firms cannot be wished away. In reality, most corporations, whether agribusiness-based or not, base their market value on the input that is generated by the Intellectual Asset. Based on such a situation, when these Intellectual Property aspects are smashed or contravened, there is bound to be a retinue of cases. Within the scope of strategic operations, a legal suit by one agribusiness venture can be seen as a wider scheme to go after other competing companies that make similar products. In essence, the move would land a killer blow to the competing entities, thereby extending the reach and market share of the suing party. Also, such an instance could well foster the monopolization of the agribusiness market as regards the products being manufactured or the applications being made to aid the agribusiness sector. Through a strategic move that involves bringing about litigation charges against a rival agribusiness firm, a patent case would force another agribusiness company to rethink their strategies. In such a situation, the suing party would have more time to enhance its market share in the agribusiness sector.
    The impact of a patent war can go miles in showcasing how the agribusiness industry can been affected. The industrial structures as well as dynamics will have to be affected in the case of a patent war pitting an individual against a corporation, or even between two agribusiness corporations. To start with, the design of the agribusiness products will have to undergo a major transformation. This is based on the reality that any form of resemblance may attract another legal battle. In this regard, companies within the agribusiness industry have to reinforce strategies and come up with better operational schemes. Furthermore, such a case as regards patent rights will have an effect on the composition of utility patents of the companies within the agribusiness industry. In this regard, agribusiness companies will have to come up with mechanisms and structures that resonate with the functionaries of their inventions to thwart the occurrence of infringing on other companies’ products. Likewise, another implication of such a case relates to the design patent in relation to how an agribusiness product looks. The design applied to a product may have some sort of resemblance to other competing agribusiness products, thereby resulting to an infringement of the patents. Aspects such as the shape of the agribusiness products should be distinct to make sure that they do not in any way infringe on those of the rivals. In this case, companies within the agribusiness industry have to craft new measures and designs that protect their inventions.

    The design applied to a product may have some sort of resemblance to other competing agribusiness products, thereby resulting to an infringement of the patents.

    In case of a patent case, the landscape of the agribusiness industry will have to change as the involved corporations try to find the right balance that averts any form of infringements in the future. That said, a transformation in the industry shall come in handy to streamline and reconfigure the scenario. With regards to the operations of the industry, the outcomes proffer a new meaning to the design-related patents. As a result, the agribusiness industry will witness a shift in the way that relates to design-related models. Specifically, the industry experiences shall hinge on a broadened approach in relation to the protection of design elements. Based on these scenarios, agribusiness companies, as well as other stakeholders, will enhance their efforts as regards the protection of their intellectual property rights. With agribusiness products becoming revolutionary tools in the world, reshaping the way the industry operates as regards the design-related issues will be a major leap. Moreover, such a case would signify that the industry will experience a surge in competition in terms of acquiring the necessary patents. In essence, the direct competitors within the agribusiness industry will do whatever they can to get hold of the entire patent portfolios with intent to secure the market. The situation will lead to an increased rate of utilising the elemental patents within the scope of intellectual property. As a result, the landscape and rate of competition will increase as the agribusiness companies will battle for leverage and market share. Furthermore, the situation signifies that agribusiness companies will be more enlightened about patents and therefore will go an extra mile to acquire their own operating systems, specifically in the case of agribusiness apps.

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