Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and the Life Sciences
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Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and the Life Sciences

Edited by Duncan Matthews and Herbert Zech

Intellectual property (IP) is a key component of the life sciences, one of the most dynamic and innovative fields of technology today. At the same time, the relationship between IP and the life sciences raises new public policy dilemmas. The Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and the Life Sciences comprises contributions by leading experts from academia and industry to provide in-depth analyses of key topics including pharmaceuticals, diagnostics and genes, plant innovations, stem cells, the role of competition law and access to medicines. The Research Handbook focuses on the relationship between IP and the life sciences in Europe and the United States, complemented by country-specific case studies on Australia, Brazil, China, India, Japan, Kenya, South Africa and Thailand to provide a truly international perspective.
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Chapter 12: Patents on native traits: what scope of protection?

Axel Metzger

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12. Patents on native traits: what scope of protection? Axel Metzger1 1. INTRODUCTION The recent practice of the European Patent Office (EPO) to grant patents on plants with ‘native traits’ is highly controversial in Europe. While biotechnology an...

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