Focus Area: Patent Landscaping
Another area of focus for Robinson and Raven is patent landscaping, which is a research process that seeks to create an overview of patents pending in a particular area. In one study of Australia and New Zealand they found thousands of patents, from foreign companies, relating to endemic species. To develop a case for change, Robinson collects data and examines existing agreements to see if the locals are getting a fair deal.
For example, in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Protection and Conservation (DEPC) in Vanuatu, he used local and international law to raise awareness about the need for ABS agreements with companies using oil from the local Tamanu and Nangai nut trees for cosmetics.