Divided into three parts, this edited volume gives an overview of current topics in law and ethics in relation to intellectual property. It addresses practical issues encountered in everyday situations in politics, research and innovation, as well as some of the underlying theoretical concepts. In addition, it provides an insight into the process of international policy-making, showing the current problems in the area of intellectual property in science and research. It also highlights changes in the fundamental understanding of common and private property and the possible implications and challenges for society and politics.
'From access to vital medicines through to patenting of the human genome, this wide-ranging collection covers a wide range of important issues in modern biomedicine and law. In a field where the pace of change is exponential, these articles will be highly valuable to scholars and general readers alike.' Donna Dickenson, University of London, UK '...contains fourteen intellectually stimulating, and imminently readable chapters...a pleasure to read.' Medicine, Health Care & Philosophy