Intellectual Property Issues and Synthetic Biology Standards

33 Nature Biotechnology 24 (2015)

2 Pages Posted: 13 Jan 2015

See all articles by Jorge L. Contreras

Jorge L. Contreras

University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law

Arti K. Rai

Duke University School of Law; Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative

Andrew W. Torrance

University of Kansas - School of Law

Date Written: January 1, 2015

Abstract

In response to a recent article describing the Synthetic Biology Open Language (SBOL), a mechanism for enabling collaboration among synthetic biology researchers, the authors draw attention to the growing number of intellectual property issues that may affect technical standards for biomedical research. They point out that similar data exchange and interoperability frameworks in fields such as telecommunications and semiconductors have been fraught with patent disputes. They urge the biomedical research community to take heed of the lessons learned from other fields and give due consideration to policies concerning the use and exploitation of patents prior to the development of key interoperability standards.

Keywords: standards, patent, synthetic biology, FRAND

Suggested Citation

Contreras, Jorge L. and Rai, Arti Kaur and Torrance, Andrew W., Intellectual Property Issues and Synthetic Biology Standards (January 1, 2015). 33 Nature Biotechnology 24 (2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2548894

Jorge L. Contreras (Contact Author)

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Arti Kaur Rai

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Andrew W. Torrance

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