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Intellectual Property Rights and the Life Science Industries: A 20th Century History (Globalization and Law) [Hardcover]

Graham Dutfield

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August 2003 0754621111 978-0754621119
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.

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"Graham Dutfield provides a fascinating, richly detailed, yet remarkably succinct, account of the life sciences industries and intellectual property." -- Susan K. Sell, Associate Professor of Political Science, George Washington University, USA

"Well-writen, well organized and well-edited...Dutfield’s book is interesting, balanced and highly informative." -- Law and Politics Book Review

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Graham Dutfield, Queen Mary College, London University and St Peter's College, Oxford University, UK

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