Patenting rDNA


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Patenting rDNA
Amanda Warren-Jones

ISBN 0 953940306
Publication  2001              xxxi + 274pp  pbk

Paperback £45

The science that underpins the recent advances in biotechnology poses a series of problems for the existing systems of Intellectual Property protection. A heated public debate accompanied the adoption of the European Biotech Directive. What protection should be given to fruits of this new technology? Should ethical issues be dealt with by the patent system? How to encourage further research without at the same time discouraging competitors from further research? These are the main themes of this debate. In this book Amanda Warren reviews and analyses this debate, sets out the current legal issues and charts the development of the current practice of both the European Patent Office and how national courts have dealt with the issue of patentability, scope of protection and infringement.

· Short introduction to the science
· Discusses the ethical issues raised
· The positive and negative nature of the patent system
· Analyses the current scope of protection
· Reviews the EU and International Rules on Biotechnology

Essential reading for IP practitioners, Patent Attorneys, Legal Academics and Researchers, Regulatory Agencies


The Author
Amanda Warren-Jones
Amanda Warren-Jones graduated from Cardiff University, School of Law in 1996 with an LLB (Hons) degree and subsequently obtained a Certificate in Advanced Ethics and Genetics from the University of Nijmegen. She is about to submit a doctoral thesis on the moral assessment of biotechnology which is conducted under European and UK patent legislation. Mrs Warren-Jones is a member of the Institute of Intellectual and the Institute of Medicine, Law and Bioethics.