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Research and Invention in Outer Space: Liability and Intellectual Property Rights

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Edited by: Sa'id Mosteshar

ISBN13: 9780792329824
ISBN: 0792329821
Published: June 1997
Publisher: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Hardback
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Outer space affords a unique physical environment in which to conduct experiments, and its most widely appreciated characteristic is that of microgravity. Outer space also provides a sterile setting not easily or inexpensively achievable on Earth. The electromagnetic and radiation levels too differ significantly from those on Earth.

These and other natural attributes of outer space make it a potentially attractive environment for the conduct of experiments, which will lead to inventions in a wide range of high-technology fields.;This unique environment is increasingly accessible to experimenters and inventors at costs which are commercially attractive. The Mir Space Station as well as NASA Shuttle Flights already provide opportunities for experiments to be conducted in outer space. When the Multi-National Space Station is established there will be even greater numbers of experiments and research projects conducted there. Outer space also presents a unique legal environment for these activities.

This book sheds light on the incidental legal questions that arise. Based on the papers presented at a conference on the topic in Paris, the book examines patentability and intellectual-property infringement, as well as contractual issues and related topics. Also included are papers on the liabilities that arise out of activities in outer space, the relevant jurisdictional considerations, and the growing commercialization of space activities in the United States and in Europe.

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Air and Space Law
Introductory remarks, K.-H. Bockstiegel
financing space research and inventions, C.S. Dubin
micro-gravity experiments in Japan, H. Suzuki
aspects contractuels des operations en micro-gravite, J.-P. Raynaud
aspects of contracts involving research centres, C.H. Moehlenhof
rights and obligations of participants in space-materials processing activities, P.D. Nesgos
commercial use of space in Europe - from a matter of independence to a matter of business, J.-P. Fouquet and J.Y. Le Gall
evolution of US commercial space policies and procedures, E.A. Frankle
liability regulations applicable to research and invention in outer space and their commercial exploitation, Bin Cheng
legal liability arising from commercial activities in outer space, I. Awford
recent developments in space-law litigation, L.S. Kaplan
issues arising in determining the legal regime applicable to intellectual property rights in outer space, S. Mosteshar
issues of intellectual property in relation to research and invention in outer space - European Community perspective, D. Staunder
the European Space Agency - intellectual property rights and international co-operation / l'Agence Spatiale Europeenne - propriete intellectuelle et cooperation internationale, A.M. Balsano
intellectual property rights with respect to inventions created in space, O. Vorobieva
research and invention in outer space and their commercial exploitation - liability and intellectual property rights, S. Mosteshar
intellectual property issues in space activities, S. Mosteshar
Appendix 1 - Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, Including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies
Appendix 2 - Agreement on the Rescue of Astronauts, the Return of Astronauts and the Return of Objects Launched into Outer Space
Appendix 3 - Convention on International Liability for Damage Caused by Space Objects
Appendix 4 - Convention on Registration of Objects Launched into Outer Space
Appendix 5 - Agreement Governing the Activities of States on the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies
Appendix 6 - Agreement among the Government of the United States of America, Governments of Member States of the European Space Agency, the Government of Japan, and the Government of Canada on Cooperation in the Detailed Design, Development, Operation and Utilisation of the Permanently Manned Civil Space Station.