About: biopatent

Health 03-12-2014

A new debate is needed for biopharmaceuticals

The increasing complexity and uncertainty of drug development is hampering the industry’s ability to discover new, life-changing innovative medicines, writes Stefan Gijssels.

EU debates biopiracy law to protect indigenous people

The European Parliament is debating a draft biopiracy law requiring industry to compensate indigenous people if it makes commercial use of their local knowledge such as plant-based medicines.
Agrifood 15-01-2001

Patenting Life [Archived]

The European Union assured the legal protection of innovation in the area of biotechnology with Directive 98/44/EC on the legal protection of biotechnological inventions. The Directive established harmonised standards in order to foster the innovative potential and competitiveness of science and industry in the Union. The Directive sets out which inventions involving plants, animals or the human body may or may not be patented. It requires the Member States to allow the patenting, under certain conditions, of inventions which may have an industrial application. The Commission is currently pursuing infringement proceedings against nine Member States for their failure to transpose the Directive into national law by the 30 July 2000 deadline.
Agrifood 05-01-2001

US introduces tougher criteria for gene patents

US patent office adopts stricter criteria for patenting of genes.
Agrifood 19-09-2000

Germany wants new EU debate on BioPatent Directive

Germany and the UK are in favour of reviewing the EU's Biopatent Directive.

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