Quasi-Patents and Semi-Patens in Biobanking


Quasi-Patents and Semi-Patens in Biobanking



Professor Mattioli's contribution, co-written with Gideon Parchomovsky, is titled "Quasi-Patents and Semi-Patens in Biobanking."


978364233115-2 (hb.), 9783642331169 (ebook)

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Berlin, Germany


Medical policy, Intellectual property, Biobanks-Law and legislation, Tissue banks-Law and legislation, Biology-Research-Law and legislation, Biobanks-Government policy-Cross-cultural studies, Tissue banks-Government policy-Cross-cultural studies


Bioethics and Medical Ethics | Intellectual Property Law | Law


Pascuzzi, Giovanni, Umberto Izzo, and Matteo Macilotti, eds. Comparative Issues in the Governance of Research Biobanks: Property, Privacy, Intellectual Property, and the Role of Technology. Springer, 2013.

In the last few years, the boom in biobanking has prompted a lively debate on a host of interrelated legal issues, such as the Gordian knot of the ownership of biological materials, as well as privacy concerns. The latter are due to the difficulty of accepting that biological samples must be completely anonymous without making it practically impossible to exploit their information potential. The issues also include the delicate role and the changing content of the donor’s “informed consent” as the main legal tool that may serve to link the privacy and property interests of donors with the research interests and the set of principles that should be at the core of the biobanking practice. Lastly, the IP issues and the patentability of biological samples as well as the protection of databases storing genetic information obtained from the samples are covered. Collecting eighteen essays written by eminent scholars from Italy, the US, the UK and Canada, this book provides new solutions to these problems. From a comparative viewpoint, it explores the extent to which digital technology may assist in tackling the numerous regulatory issues raised by the practice of biobanking for research purposes. These issues may be considered and analyzed under the traditional paradigms of Property, Privacy, Informed Consent and Intellectual Property.

Available as an e-book, to Indiana University-Bloomington patrons, here.

Full bibliographic details available here.

Copies available in the Jerome Hall Law Library, K 3611.T7 C66 2013v

Quasi-Patents and Semi-Patens in Biobanking