Intellectual Property Rights and the Life Science Industries: Past, Present and Future (2nd Edition) / Edition 2

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Overview

This book is a highly readable and entertaining account of the co-evolution of the patent system and the life science industries since the mid-19th century. The pharmaceutical industries have their origins in advances in synthetic chemistry and in natural products research. Both approaches to drug discovery and business have shaped patent law, as have the lobbying activities of the firms involved and their supporters in the legal profession. In turn, patent law has impacted on the life science industries. Compared to the first edition, which told this story for the first time, the present edition focuses more on specific businesses, products and technologies, including Bayer, Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKine, aspirin, penicillin, monoclonal antibodies and polymerase chain reaction. Another difference is that this second edition also looks into the future, addressing new areas such as systems biology, stem cell research, and synthetic biology, which promises to enable scientists to "invent" life forms from scratch.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789812832276
  • Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/2/2009
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 428
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Figures, Tables and Illustrations ix

List of Acronyms xi

Part I Science, Drugs, Money and Patents 1

1 Introduction 3

2 Seven Tales of a Patent 11

3 The Life Sciences, Business and the Patent System 34

Part II Past 57

4 Dyes, Drugs and Domagk 59

5 Making Hormones 104

6 The Antibiotics 132

Part III Present 155

7 Big Pharma, Small Biotech 157

Plate Section 183

8 'No Patents on Life!' 191

9 Mr Pharma Goes to Geneva 236

10 The Story So Far 294

11 Would We Have Got Where We are Today Without Patents? 325

Part IV Future 339

12 The Future of Patents and the Life Science Industries 341

Bibliography 363

Name Index 397

Subject Index 401

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