Ethico-legal issues in biomedicine patenting: A patent professional viewpoint

Science and Engineering Ethics 11 (1):117-136 (2005)
Abstract
Over the last two decades, the ethical implications of patents for biological materials and processes have been the subject of spirited public debate between the many individuals and groups on which the patent system impacts. Whereas copyright, trade marks, and other species of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) are widely acceptable, the patent system evokes criticism from many quarters, especially in relation to the legal protection of inventions in the Life Sciences. Some of these criticisms expressed by prestigious public organisations are addressed here from the patent professional standpoint.
Keywords patent  morality  genes  DNA  stem cells  genetic tests  licensing
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