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

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Geertrui Van Overwalle

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

Date Written: 2002-2003

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Van Overwalle, Geertrui, 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) (2002-2003). Rechtskundig Weekblad, pp. 401-415, 2002-2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1718664

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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