Abstract

The European patent system allows for the introduction of moral issues into decisions about the granting of patents. This feature has greatly impacted European debates about the patenting of biotechnology. This essay explores the European experience, in both the European Union and the European Patent Organization. It argues that there has been great confusion surrounding these issues primarily because the Europeans have not developed a general theory about when exclusion from patentability is the best social mechanism for dealing with morally offensive technologies.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3249
Print ISSN
1054-6863
Pages
pp. 69-110
Launched on MUSE
2007-11-08
Open Access
No
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