ISBN 0 953940306
Publication 2001 xxxi + 274pp pbk
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
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.