Patent Protection for Microbial Technologies

FEMS Microbiology Letters, Vol. 364 [fnx205], 2017

NYLS Legal Studies Research Paper No. 3041221

6 Pages Posted: 25 Sep 2017 Last revised: 27 Dec 2017

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Jacob S. Sherkow

University of Illinois College of Law; Center for Advanced Studies in Biomedical Innovation Law

Date Written: September 22, 2017

Abstract

Microbial technologies often serve as the basis of fundamental research tools in molecular biology. These presents challenges, as well as ethical, legal and social issues, concerning their patenting. This commentary presents several case studies of these issues across three major microbiological tools: CRISPR, viral vectors, and antimicrobial resistance drugs. It concludes that the development of these technologies — both scientifically and commercially — depend, in part, on the patent regime available for each.

Keywords: Patents; CRISPR; Virus; AMR; Incentives; Intellectual Property

JEL Classification: K00; K23; K41; O3; O34; D23; K11

Suggested Citation

Sherkow, Jacob S., Patent Protection for Microbial Technologies (September 22, 2017). FEMS Microbiology Letters, Vol. 364 [fnx205], 2017, NYLS Legal Studies Research Paper No. 3041221, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3041221

Jacob S. Sherkow (Contact Author)

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