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The Genealogy of a GenePatents, HIV/AIDS, and Race$
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Myles W. Jackson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262028660

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262028660.001.0001

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The European Response to the CCR5 Patent

The European Response to the CCR5 Patent

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(p.88) (p.89) 5 The European Response to the CCR5 Patent
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The Genealogy of a Gene
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Myles W. Jackson

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262028660.003.0005

This chapter discusses the patenting of the CCR5 gene in Europe. It compares and contrasts the practices of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) with the European Patent Office (EPO) with regard to gene patenting. It also focuses on the anatomy of opposing a European patent and offers an informative glimpse into the world of patent litigation. A contrast between the USPTO and the EPO is informative since it points out that there are alternatives: questions of human value are embedded differently in various legal regimes. The situation in which the US finds itself is not inevitable.

Keywords:   European Patent Office, United States Patent and Trademark Office, gene patenting in Europe, patent litigation, Big Pharma, Euroscreen

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