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Vol 24 No 11 Nov/Dec 2019

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Intellectual Property Rights and the Life Science Industries: A Twentieth Century History

Graham DutfieldQueen Mary College, London University and St Peter's College, University of Oxford

ISBN13: 9780754621119
ISBN: 0754621111
Published: July 2003
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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This work analyses the history of the international patent regime and the life science industries, both of which can be traced back to the late 19th century. The development of patent law is inextricably linked to expanding capacities to elucidate, manipulate and commercially exploit the molecular properties of micro-organisms, plants, animals and other organic raw materials.;The story of the life science industries begins with the European synthetic dyestuff firms and culminates in present-day conglomerates like Aventis, Novartis and Pharmacia. Throughout the last century, chemical, pharmaceutical, seed and biotechnology firms were actively involved in reforming patent law and plant variety rights. The major beneficiaries have been the largest firms whose market dominance and influence over people's lives - aided by friendly intellectual property laws - has never been greater. This book reveals the key repercussions caused by the expansion of life science industries for issues of international equity, public health, food security and biological diversity.

Intellectual Property Law
Intellectual property in the global economy - high stakes and propaganda warfare; Intellectual property and regulation theory; The emergence of modern patent law; Organic chemistry and the synthetic dyestuff industry 110; The pharmaceutical industry; Biotechnology, genomics and the new life science corporations; Plant breeding, the seed industry, and plant breeders' rights; Towards a global IP regime - trade and diplomacy; Forms of resistance?; Epilogue - the life science industries in a patent-free world.