Influence of Intellectual Property Law on Safety in Biotechnology

SAFETY OF MODERN TECHNICAL SYSTEMS, pp. 663-670, Hellmund, S., ed., Saarbrücken, TÜV Saarland Foundation, 2001

World Congress on Safety in Modern Technical Systems, Saarbrücken, September 12-14, 2001

8 Pages Posted: 2 Dec 2010

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Geertrui Van Overwalle

KU Leuven - Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP)

Date Written: 2001

Abstract

Law meets biotechnology: on the one hand, there is patent law, offering intellectual protection for biotechnological inventions; on the other hand, there is safety law, offering protection against possible harmful effects of biotechnological developments. However, are patent law and safety law connected? In other words, is there an influence from patent law on safety law when they are dealing with biotechnology?

The first chapter of the present contribution highlights the patent framework for biotechnological inventions. The second chapter outlines current biosafety regulations. The third and final chapter examines the intricate question of the relationship between patent law and safety law in the field of biotechnology.

Keywords: Agriculture, Biomedicine, Biotechnology, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Environment, Human health, Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs), Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO), Patents, TRIPs

JEL Classification: I18, K11, O32, O34, H51

Suggested Citation

Van Overwalle, Geertrui, Influence of Intellectual Property Law on Safety in Biotechnology (2001). SAFETY OF MODERN TECHNICAL SYSTEMS, pp. 663-670, Hellmund, S., ed., Saarbrücken, TÜV Saarland Foundation, 2001 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1718621

Geertrui Van Overwalle (Contact Author)

KU Leuven - Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP) ( email )

Sint-Michielsstraat 6 box 3443
Leuven, 3000
Belgium

HOME PAGE: https://www.law.kuleuven.be/citip/en/staff/00015469

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