Constructing European Intellectual Property
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Constructing European Intellectual Property

Achievements and New Perspectives

Edited by Christophe Geiger

This detailed study presents various perspectives on what further actions are necessary to provide the circumstances and tools for the construction of a truly balanced European intellectual property system. The book takes as its starting point that the ultimate aim of such a system should be to ensure sustainable and innovation-based economic growth while enhancing free circulation of ideas and cultural expressions. Being the first in the European Intellectual Property Institutes Network (EIPIN) series, this book lays down some concrete foundations for a deeper understanding of European intellectual property law and its complex interplay with other fields of jurisprudence as well as its impact on a broad array of spheres of social interaction. In so doing, it provides a well needed platform for further research.
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Chapter 10: Smart innovation and inclusive patents for sustainable food and health care: Redefining the Europe 2020 objectives


‘May you live in interesting times’. This phrase is reputed to be the English translation of an ancient Chinese curse.# Gazing around in the intricate world of patents and biotechnology, it seems that patents hold great promise, but may appear as a curse as well. Patents may well fuel the development of the most fascinating and ‘smart’ innovations in the field of life sciences: re-engineered micro-organisms producing medicines, re-constructed plants killing insects, re-modeled animals delivering human hormones, harvested human stem cells repairing human body parts, just to name a few. But patents may also have some unintended, over-exclusive (‘under-inclusive’) consequences and hinder access and further research and development in the area of biotechnology: 25% of the human genome is said to be patented at present, truly complicating access and freedom to operate in health care and possibly compromising ‘sustainable’ welfare for all.

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