Patenting Stem Cell Research in Europe and in the United States

CROSSING BORDERS - CULTURAL, RELIGIOUS AND POLITICAL DIFFERENCES CONCERNING STEM CELL RESEARCH, W. Bender, C. Hauskeller, A. Manzei, eds., Münster, agenda Verlag, pp. 519-546, 2005

28 Pages Posted: 3 Dec 2010

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Geertrui Van Overwalle

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

Date Written: December 1, 2010

Abstract

Research on stem cells raises the question of the limits and conditions for subsequent patenting. The scope of EU Directive 98/44/EC of 6 July 1998 on the legal protection of biotechnological inventions and its application to human stem cells appears to be uncertain. The Opinion on ethical aspects of patenting inventions involving human stem cells of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies of 7 May 2002 is a most valuable instrument, but does not resolve all legal issues involved either.

The present contribution offers a survey of the current European and United States patent practice with regard to human stem cell technology and an overview of the current European patent framework for human stem cell patents and the many questions the lack of an adapted legislation entails, taking into account EGE’s Opinion. Some attention is also paid to patents on human stem cells and human rights and the possible detrimental effects of patents on human stem cells.

Keywords: Patents, Human stem cells, EU Biotechnology Directive, European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies

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

Suggested Citation

Van Overwalle, Geertrui, Patenting Stem Cell Research in Europe and in the United States (December 1, 2010). CROSSING BORDERS - CULTURAL, RELIGIOUS AND POLITICAL DIFFERENCES CONCERNING STEM CELL RESEARCH, W. Bender, C. Hauskeller, A. Manzei, eds., Münster, agenda Verlag, pp. 519-546, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1718657

Geertrui Van Overwalle (Contact Author)

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

Sint-Michielsstraat 6 box 3443
Leuven, 3000
Belgium

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