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State Agency and the Patenting of Life in International Law: Merchants and Missionaries in a Global Society

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ISBN13: 9780754674382
Published: July 2009
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £95.00



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How should a state respond to competing international obligations where the patenting of life is concerned? Following the institutionalization of IP in the world trading system under the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), states face differing challenges and restraints on their freedom to develop biopatenting programs. Through a comparative review of patenting in two key but diverging jurisdictions, Canada and the US, this book considers how states might exercise the right of self-determination in their domestic law and policy over biopatenting to promote objectives of human welfare and fair competition. Departing from existing studies, this text offers a pragmatic two-step approach to state agency to resolve apparent conflicts between the regulatory options afforded by economic globalization and the need to forge domestic laws that reflect community values. Rich and poor countries alike are invited to assert the primacy of human rights in their industrial and cultural policies.

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Subjects:
Intellectual Property Law
Contents:
Regulatory diversity and the patenting of life
The promise and perfidy of patents
Origins of the patented species: of mice and men, and the sincerity of 'invention'
The global governance of trade: trading in political ethics
Trip'ing over human rights: a legitimacy crisis at the WTO
The sovereign right to self-determination: from agency to development and dignity
Reconciling competing international obligations: the equitable conduct defence and the stewardship of the WTO
Conclusion: Selected list of bibliographic references
Index.