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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Elizabeth A. Birt, JD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book covers pertinent legal and organizational issues in the field of biotechnology law.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide scientists, academicians, and technicians with an explanation of the rules, regulations, and procedures encountered in developing innovations.
Audience: This book is useful for those individuals who already have a working knowledge of the issues involved in this area. It would be a valuable resource tool for individuals working in a research facility administration area either at the academic/university level or the medical center level.
Features: This book has no color and few illustrations. However, they are unnecessary given the subject matter of the book. The legal references are appropriate. The articles presented are arranged in a logical format. In addition, the writing style is very reader-friendly without an overemphasis on technical terms.
Assessment: This is a valuable tool for research administrators who are evaluating their own programs. It is organized in a format that breaks down product/process innovation in a cycle starting with the identification of patentable research, choosing the best form of legal protection for those ideas, the patent process, infringement, and ending with the development of policies and procedures to protect and license these ideas.