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The Role of Intellectual Property Rights in Biotechnology Innovation

The Role of Intellectual Property Rights in Biotechnology Innovation

Edited by David Castle

Intellectual property rights (IPRs), particularly patents, occupy a prominent position in innovation systems, but to what extent they support or hinder innovation is widely disputed. Through the lens of biotechnology, this book delves deeply into the main issues at the crossroads of innovation and IPRs to evaluate claims of the positive and negative impacts of IPRs on innovation.


Karen L. Durell

Subjects: environment, biotechnology, innovation and technology, biotechnology, law - academic, biotechnology and pharmaceutical law, intellectual property law


Karen L. Durell Undoubtedly, intellectual property management (‘IPM’) is quickly becoming an important aspect of corporate strategies in a growing variety of markets. In fact, the term IPM has achieved almost buzzword status and is applied by groups as diverse as law firms to private-research organizations. Such indicators show that IPM is moving to the forefront of corporate interest, including in the biotechnology sphere. Of course, as a term becomes more broadly used, its meaning can be diluted. This part examines what IPM means in light of innovators’ need effectively to manage intellectual property (IP). The following three chapters will look at aspects of IPM and attempt to offer a broad-view approach to the issues related to its adoption in IP intensive innovation systems. Jointly, these chapters provide us with indications about the state of the art in IPM, and draw important linkages between it and IP. A common theme that runs through the chapters is the fact that although IPM is a frequently used term, not everyone who utilizes it ascribes it an identical meaning. IPM is not accompanied by an authoritative definition, and is therefore open to interpretations that are context and user dependant. Although each author will discuss IPM individually, we accept as a general statement that IPM refers to a strategic application and ordering of intellectual property rights (‘IPRs’) within an organization. The management strategies used by organizations evolve to facilitate the utilization of IPRs to achieve a specific, defined goal set by an organization. As...