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Biotechnology and Software Patent Law: A Comparative Review of New Developments (New Directions in Patent Law Series)

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'The art of editing is to bring contributions together, which melt into one book. This is what Emanuela Arezzo and Gustavo Ghidini have achieved with their own critical mind by composing a book of papers, in which internationally renowned experts measure the tensions created for the patent system by the needs and problems of protecting biotechnological and software inventions. All together, they present a comparative law challenge to the very fundaments of patent protection. As such, they are or may become a ''must read''.'
- Hanns Ullrich, College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium

'Arezzo and Ghidini have put together a fine collection of essays addressing developments in patent law - from general themes to emerging ones in the infotech and biotech sectors. It is notable that the international array of authors includes contributions from both established and rising young scholars, all of them ably tackling difficult issues that merit our attention.'
--- Rudolph J.R. Peritz, New York Law School, US

About the Author

Edited by Emanuela Arezzo, Lecturer in IP Law, LUISS Guido Carli University and Lecturer in Commercial Law, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy and Gustavo Ghidini, Professor, Intellectual Property and Competition Law, University of Milan and LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome, Italy


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Product Details

  • Series: New Directions in Patent Law
  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Edward Elgar Pub (January 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849800405
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849800402
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers

From the beginning of the new millennium it looked as though new developments in biotechnology would be the new innovative force which would dominate the twenty-first century and so events have proved. Patent law, obviously, has had to keep pace and likewise, patent lawyers and IP practitioners need to stay up to date. Bearing all this in mind, these professional groups will definitely constitute the natural audience for this book.

Published as part of Edward Elgar's `New Directions in Patent Law' series, the book aims to monitor and analyse emerging issues in patent law as they happen, thereby encouraging scholarly debate. The editors, Emanuela Arezzo and Gustavo Ghidini, have compiled a collection of learned papers delivered by prominent academicians from top universities on both sides of the Atlantic, from Stanford and Georgetown to and Oxford, Maatstricht, Zurich, Rome - and of course, much more.

The book is divided into three parts: the first explores general themes in patent law, including patents and competition law, while the second and third sections deal with information technology and biotechnological inventions. Questions are asked such as: `is software a product or a piece of technology used to make products, hence just a means to build an invention?' Like many of the other questions posed in this book, there is no one answer.

Some of the most intriguing articles are to be found in Part III `Emerging Themes in the Biotech Industries'. There is a chapter on gene patents, for example...another on the 'patentability' of human stem cell or synthetic biology-based inventions...
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