The Legal Protection of Biotechnological Inventions in Europe and in the United States: Current Framework and Future Developments

THE LEGAL PROTECTION OF BIOTECHNOLOGICAL INVENTIONS IN EUROPE AND IN THE UNITED STATES: CURRECT FRAMEWORK AND FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS, Leuven, University Press, 1997

Posted: 6 Dec 2010

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Geertrui Van Overwalle

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

Date Written: 1997

Abstract

The present booklet provides a concise, yet comprehensive, survey of the intellectual property rights involved in biotechnologcial research. Legal scholars, who are not familiar with the technical-scientific aspects, will find an introduction to the basics and applications of biotechnologcial research in chapter I, which focuses on biotechnology. Chapter II, which deals with patent protection for biotechnological inventions in Europe, has been conceived so as to include a number of general principles of patent law in order to make this matter more accessible to biologists, chemists and other scientists. Ethicists and philosophers might be especially interested in the final chapter which reflects upon the ethical dimension of the patenting of life and suggests some future developments in this area.

Keywords: Recombinant DNA Technology (rDNAt), Genetically modified plants (GMO), Genetically modified animals, Gene therapy, DNA, Patent law, European Patent Convention, EU Biotechnology Directive, Belgian Dutch German French UK Norvegian Patent Act, Plant breeders rights, UPOV Convention, TRIPS Agreement

JEL Classification: D23, D45, H 41, H51, I18, K11, L14, L 65, O13, O31, O32, O34

Suggested Citation

Van Overwalle, Geertrui, The Legal Protection of Biotechnological Inventions in Europe and in the United States: Current Framework and Future Developments (1997). THE LEGAL PROTECTION OF BIOTECHNOLOGICAL INVENTIONS IN EUROPE AND IN THE UNITED STATES: CURRECT FRAMEWORK AND FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS, Leuven, University Press, 1997. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1720881

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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