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The Convention on Biological Diversity and the Nagoya Protocol: Intellectual Property Implications addresses how the global rules on access and benefit sharing (ABS) of genetic resources and associated TK should work in tandem with an area that is mentioned minimally in the 2010 Nagoya Protocol, i.e., IP. Specifically, this handbook is designed to show the complexity of relevant IP policies that have an impact on various aspects of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Protocol, particularly from the provider country perspective. It is all too easy and simplistic to see IP as a stream of cash rents that derive from certain granted exclusive rights that could potentially be shared as benefits. The view of IP is necessarily much broader, examining when it is (and when it is not) appropriate to grant such rights, how the application process can generate important information that could assist in the implementation of the ABS rules, when such rights are subject to important exceptions and limitations on policy grounds, and when traditional IP instruments such as patents may not make much sense for protecting certain intellectual or creative endeavours.