Patent Protection for Microbial Technologies
FEMS Microbiology Letters, Vol. 364 [fnx205], 2017
6 Pages Posted: 25 Sep 2017 Last revised: 27 Dec 2017
Date Written: September 22, 2017
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
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