Gene Patents and Public Health

GENE PATENTS AND PUBLIC HEALTH, Brussel, Bruylant, G. Van Overwalle, eds., 2007

Posted: 7 Dec 2010

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Geertrui Van Overwalle

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

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

Recent events have clearly demonstrated that the public is very sensitive to the use of patents in the field of genetics. Discussions arise in particular with regard to the patentability of diagnostic and therapeutic applications based on genes. Concerns are expressed with regard to the possible blocking effects of such patents on access to health care.

The present book offers a survey of the varied and complex issues which occur in patenting diagnostic methods. The book also provides empirical evidence on well established strategies for using patents and explores new measures for gaining access to patents, and brings together a number of leading international experts discussing the various aspects of diagnostic patents. The book should be of interest to a wide audience of academics, practioners, policy makers, NGOs and to all those interested in patents and health care.

Keywords: Diagnostic method patents, Current practice, Ethics, Granting policy and case law of the European Patent Office (EPO), EPO opposition procedure, Licensing diagnostic method patents, Bilateral and cross licensing, Collaborative licensing, Compulsory licensing, Kit development

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

Suggested Citation

Van Overwalle, Geertrui, Gene Patents and Public Health (2007). GENE PATENTS AND PUBLIC HEALTH, Brussel, Bruylant, G. Van Overwalle, eds., 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1720886

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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