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Patenting Biotechnical Innovation

Eligibility, Ethics and Public Interest

9781800884403 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Naomi Hawkins, Professor of Intellectual Property Law, School of Law, University of Sheffield, UK
Publication Date: July 2022 ISBN: 978 1 80088 440 3 Extent: c 240 pp
This book examines patent law and policy in biotechnology across the full lifecycle of the patent, focusing on the patent bargain and the public interest. It considers the central issues of how to strike an effective balance of rights, and whether public interest is adequately safeguarded - two issues that are particularly important in areas of rapidly emerging technology.

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This book examines patent law and policy in biotechnology across the full lifecycle of the patent, focusing on the patent bargain and the public interest. It considers the central issues of how to strike an effective balance of rights, and whether public interest is adequately safeguarded - two issues that are particularly important in areas of rapidly emerging technology.

Expert contributors are brought together to explore patent eligibility in biotechnology, focusing on the fields of precision medicine, biofabrication and non-invasive prenatal testing. Chapters also explore the construction and coherence of exceptions to patentability,an examination of FRAND licensing in the context of the internet of medical things, and the possibility of using licensing to encourage or ensure the ethical use of patented technologies.

With its carefully constructed analysis, this book will be an excellent resource for academic researchers, and students, in the fields of biotechnology law, pharmaceutical law and intellectual property law. It will also be useful for legal practitioners and policymakers, as well as charitable bodies and non-governmental organisations.
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‘This is an excellent and exciting collection edited by a highly respected scholar. It explores the always relevant and complex, and evolving, question of patenting biotechnological innovation and the public interest, and the extent to which the public interest is delivered. Dr Hawkins has led a team of the highest quality, with contributors from throughout the world exploring a valuable and innovative range of legal fields, perspectives, technologies and ethical questions. The conclusion, of the need for a multifaceted and coherent legal approach, is compelling.’
– Abbe Brown, University of Aberdeen, UK
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Contributors include: Mateo Aboy, Naomi Hawkins, Phoebe Li, Kathleen Liddell, Johnathon Liddicoat, Pheh Hoon Lim, Aisling McMahon, Dianne Nicol, Jane Nielsen, Ella O’Sullivan, Andrew Sagar, Alison Slade, Karen Walsh
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