Biotech Patents and Morality after Brüstle

Post by Enrico Bonadio The article highlights some issues raised by the recent decision of the Court of Justice of European Union in Brüstle v Greenpeace, a widely reported case on the exclusion from patentability of inventions related to human embryonic stem cells (HESCs). The ruling first offers the opportunity to delve into an old … Continue reading

Crop Breeding and Intellectual Property in the Global Village

The number of countries that grant intellectual property rights (IPRs) to agricultural products and processes is growing. Such a move has been prompted by the adoption of two major international treaties, i.e. the UPOV Convention and the TRIPs Agreement.However, the use of IPRs in crop breeding raises important issues, such as food security and biodiversity … Continue reading