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Colombia/Panama protect ten-year agchem data

Colombia and Panama have passed decrees extending recognition of intellectual property (IP) rights on agrochemical testing data. The moves came as part of free trade accords with the US. Decree 0727 was passed in Colombia last year setting data protection on new agrochemicals for ten years. It states that whenever a pesticide based on a new active ingredient registration is solicited, no third party may obtain approval for a similar product based on undisclosed information from the original application. Those data will be protected for ten years from the time of the application. The move was replicated by the government of Panama. The two countries join Brazil, Costa Rica, Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Peru among the Latin American countries to have adopted similar IP protection, CropLife Latin America notes.

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