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Patents on Life
Religious, Moral, and Social Justice Aspects of Biotechnology and Intellectual Property

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Roman Cholij, Kathleen Liddell, Simon Ravenscroft, Joshua D. Sarnoff, Christopher Rennie-Smith, Monsignor Osvaldo Neves de Almeiad, Stephen Colecchi, Michael J. Broyde, Steven S. Weiner, Mohammed El-Said, Paul J. Heald, Paul J. Wojda, Margo Bagley, Michael A. Kock, Katerina Sideri, Ingrid Schneider, Thomas C. Berg
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  • Date Published: December 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108428682

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  • This volume brings together a unique collection of legal, religious, ethical, and political perspectives to bear on debates concerning biotechnology patents, or 'patents on life'. The ever-increasing importance of biotechnologies has generated continual questions about how intellectual property law should treat such technologies, especially those raising ethical or social-justice concerns. Even after many years and court decisions, important contested issues remain concerning ownership of and rewards from biotechnology - from human genetic material to genetically engineered plants – and regarding the scope of moral or social-justice limitations on patents or licensing practices. This book explores a range of related issues, including questions concerning morality and patentability, biotechnology and human dignity, and what constitute fair rewards from genetic resources. It features high-level international, interfaith, and cross-disciplinary contributions from experts in law, religion, and ethics, including academics and practitioners, placing religious and secular perspectives into dialogue to examine the full implications of patenting life.

    • Offers a cross-disciplinary approach to debates around the patenting of life forms that will inform academics and practitioners of perspectives from a variety of fields
    • Combines expert legal commentary with careful ethical and theological reflection on biotechnology to inform lawyers of the religious, ethical, and social-justice implications of biotechnology patenting
    • Brings a global range of perspectives with contributors from multiple continents and traditions to offer an international view of the issues, and reflect the different approaches to dealing with moral issues across different patent law systems
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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108428682
    • length: 324 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Roman Cholij
    Part I. Life Patents, Law, and Morality:
    2. Morality, religion, and patents Kathleen Liddell and Simon Ravenscroft
    3. Religious and moral grounds for patent-eligible subject matter exclusions Joshua D. Sarnoff
    4. Life-form patents: proceedings in the European Patent Office and the role of non-commercial parties Christopher Rennie-Smith
    Part II. Religious Perspectives on Life Patents:
    5. Intellectual property rights and the fundamental right to the Commons in the light of Catholic social teaching Monsignor Osvaldo Neves de Almeiad
    6. Human rights and life patents: lessons from the Church's social teaching and engagement in the United States Stephen M. Colecchi
    7. Intellectual property and genetic sequences: a Jewish law perspective Michael J. Broyde and Steven S. Weiner
    8. Intellectual property, Islamic values, and the patenting of genes Mohammed El Said
    9. Christian libertarianism and the curious lack of religious objections to the patenting of life forms in the United States Paul J. Heald
    10. From 'Chakrabarty' to 'Myriad' and beyond: Catholic contributions to the gene patenting debate Paul J. Wodja
    Part III. Social Justice and Political Aspects:
    11. 'Thou shalt not steal': the morality of compulsory licensing of pharmaceutical patents Margo Bagley
    12. Genetic resources and patents: in search of ethical solutions to global IP discord Roman Cholij
    13. Patent for life: towards an ethical use of patents on plant innovations Michael A. Kock
    14. Germline modification of human embryos, patents and the limits of markets: rethinking equality, human diversity, and the question of innovation funding Katerina Sideri
    15. Patent governance, ethics, and democracy: how transparency and accountability norms are challenged by patents on stem cells, gametes, and genome editing (CRISPR) in Europe Ingrid Schneider
    16. Life patents, religion, and justice: a summary of themes Thomas C. Berg.

  • Editors

    Thomas C. Berg, University of St Thomas, Minnesota
    Thomas C. Berg is James L. Oberstar Professor of Law and Public Policy at the School of Law, University of St Thomas, Minnesota. He is a leading scholar of church-state relations and a leader in exploring the intersection of intellectual property, religion, and social ethics.

    Roman Cholij, St Edmund's College, Cambridge
    Roman Cholij is Research Associate at the Von Hügel Institute for Critical Catholic Inquiry, St Edmund's College, Cambridge and a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney. He has written two books, several book chapters and numerous articles on various aspects of law and of theology.

    Simon Ravenscroft, Magdalene College, Cambridge and St Edmund's College, Cambridge
    Simon Ravenscroft is the Arts Outreach Fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge and a Research Associate of the Von Hügel Institute for Critical Catholic Inquiry at St. Edmund's College, University of Cambridge. He has published on a range of topics across the fields of theology, philosophy, and social theory.


    Roman Cholij, Kathleen Liddell, Simon Ravenscroft, Joshua D. Sarnoff, Christopher Rennie-Smith, Monsignor Osvaldo Neves de Almeiad, Stephen Colecchi, Michael J. Broyde, Steven S. Weiner, Mohammed El-Said, Paul J. Heald, Paul J. Wojda, Margo Bagley, Michael A. Kock, Katerina Sideri, Ingrid Schneider, Thomas C. Berg

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