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Patents on Life

Religious, Moral, and Social Justice Aspects of Biotechnology and Intellectual Property

Paperback Engels 2022 9781108450881
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This volume brings together a unique collection of legal, religious, ethical, and political perspectives to bear on debates concerning biotechnology patents, or 'patents on life'. The ever-increasing importance of biotechnologies has generated continual questions about how intellectual property law should treat such technologies, especially those raising ethical or social-justice concerns. Even after many years and court decisions, important contested issues remain concerning ownership of and rewards from biotechnology - from human genetic material to genetically engineered plants – and regarding the scope of moral or social-justice limitations on patents or licensing practices. This book explores a range of related issues, including questions concerning morality and patentability, biotechnology and human dignity, and what constitute fair rewards from genetic resources. It features high-level international, interfaith, and cross-disciplinary contributions from experts in law, religion, and ethics, including academics and practitioners, placing religious and secular perspectives into dialogue to examine the full implications of patenting life.


Aantal pagina's:325
Uitgever:Cambridge University Press


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1. Introduction Roman Cholij; Part I. Life Patents, Law, and Morality: 2. Morality, religion, and patents Kathleen Liddell and Simon Ravenscroft; 3. Religious and moral grounds for patent-eligible subject matter exclusions Joshua D. Sarnoff; 4. Life-form patents: proceedings in the European Patent Office and the role of non-commercial parties Christopher Rennie-Smith; Part II. Religious Perspectives on Life Patents: 5. Intellectual property rights and the fundamental right to the Commons in the light of Catholic social teaching Monsignor Osvaldo Neves de Almeiad; 6. Human rights and life patents: lessons from the Church's social teaching and engagement in the United States Stephen M. Colecchi; 7. Intellectual property and genetic sequences: a Jewish law perspective Michael J. Broyde and Steven S. Weiner; 8. Intellectual property, Islamic values, and the patenting of genes Mohammed El Said; 9. Christian libertarianism and the curious lack of religious objections to the patenting of life forms in the United States Paul J. Heald; 10. From 'Chakrabarty' to 'Myriad' and beyond: Catholic contributions to the gene patenting debate Paul J. Wodja; Part III. Social Justice and Political Aspects: 11. 'Thou shalt not steal': the morality of compulsory licensing of pharmaceutical patents Margo Bagley; 12. Genetic resources and patents: in search of ethical solutions to global IP discord Roman Cholij; 13. Patent for life: towards an ethical use of patents on plant innovations Michael A. Kock; 14. Germline modification of human embryos, patents and the limits of markets: rethinking equality, human diversity, and the question of innovation funding Katerina Sideri; 15. Patent governance, ethics, and democracy: how transparency and accountability norms are challenged by patents on stem cells, gametes, and genome editing (CRISPR) in Europe Ingrid Schneider; 16. Life patents, religion, and justice: a summary of themes Thomas C. Berg.

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