At the heart of this doctoral thesis are the challenges to modern patent law, particularly from the rapid developments in biotechnology.
This book focuses on human gene patents, patents in the animal world, and the pressures put on the patent system by the climate change debate. However, the title looks at patent law from a multilevel and fragmented perspective, including taking a critical view of the increasing involvement of the EU in procedural and substantive patent law.
Summary in Danish
Table of Abbreviations
PART I: MULTI LEVEL REGULATION AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES
Chapter 1. Subject, Method and Theory
Chapter 2. Protection of Biotechnology: A Frozen Statute?
Chapter 3. The Power of the Playmakers
Chapter 4. Morality in Europe
PART II: THE HUMAN GENOME
Chapter 5. Field Restrictions
Chapter 6. Inherited Diseases
Chapter 7. An Empirical Case Study: Huntington's disease, spinal muscular atrophy, Canavan's disease, cystic fibrosis, Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease
PART III: THE ANIMAL KINGDOM
Chapter 8. Patenting the Animal Kingdom? From Cross-Breeding to Genetic Make-Up and Biomedical Research
PART IV: PATENT LAW: A BELLWETHER FOR GLOBAL CONCERNS
Chapter 9. Designing Substantive Patent Law: From Life Sciences to Climate Change? Chapter 10. Patent Law: A Bellwether for Global Concerns