Of Mice and Men - The EU 1998 Biotechnology Directive and its Implementation in Belgian Patent Law (Van Muizen en Mensen - De Eu-Biotechnologierichtlijn Van 6 Juli 1998 en de Omzetting in het Belgisch Octrooirecht)
Rechtskundig Weekblad, pp. 401-415, 2002-2003
16 Pages Posted: 3 Dec 2010
Date Written: 2002-2003
The paper discusses the difficult genesis of the EU Biotechnology Directive and highlights how the Belgian legislator interpreted the Directive. Attention is also paid to other treaties and conventions which have influenced the patentability of biological inventions. The paper concludes that the Belgian legislator took a somewhat maverick position and had quite unique views on the patentability of biological material.
Note: Downloadable document is in Dutch.
Keywords: Patents, Biological material, European Biotechnology Directive, Belgian Patent Act
JEL Classification: I18, K11, O32, O34, H51
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