Definition of biopiracy
- The 60-year-old scientist was dwelling in semi-isolation, having … lost his job at a Brazilian research institute and been charged with a raft of offenses, including misusing government property and violating Brazil's biopiracy laws.
- —Joshua Hammer, Smithsonian, February 2008
- Turmeric is a poster child for one of the most noted intellectual-property cases on biopiracy, which pitted an Indian government-supported research organization against a 1995 patent issued to the University of Mississippi for the use of the spice for wound healing.
- —Gary Stix, Scientific American, February 2007
biopirateplay \¦bī-(ˌ)ō-¦pī-rət\ noun, plural biopirates
- Indigenous people are at the mercy of biopirates who steal their traditional knowledge of medicinal plants.
- —Stephen Leahy, New Scientist, 28 Feb. 2004