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Intellectual Property, Medicine and Health

2nd Edition

By Johanna Gibson


206 pages

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Intellectual Property, Medicine and Health examines critical issues and debates, including access to knowledge and medicinal products, human rights and development, innovations in life technologies and the possibility for ethical frameworks for intellectual property law and its application in public health. 

The second edition accounts for recent and, in some areas, extensive developments in this dynamic and fast-moving field. This edition brings together new and updated examples and analysis in competition and regulation, gene-related inventions and biotechnology, as well as significant cases, including Novartis v Union of India.


'Professor Gibson's second edition of "Intellectual Property, Medicine and Health" like the first edition is a wide ranging and detailed discussion of the legal and moral aspects of health policy that has been brought up to date. The focus is on international treaties, morality and intellectual property law. The conflict between incentives to invent new medical devices and medicines and the right of people to have access to such technologies is thoroughly reviewed and updated.'

Martin J. Adelman, George Washington University Law School, USA

'Professor Gibson makes a very significant contribution to the literature on the intellectual property aspects of medicine and health, focussing upon gene and pharmaceutical patenting, framed by an ethical and sociological perspective. It importantly locates these perspectives within the broader context of the internationally mandated "right to health".'

Michael Blakeney, University of Western Australia

'In the second edition of "Intellectual Property, Medicine and Health" Professor Gibson offers a deep, extensive and thought provoking analysis of the ever controversial relationship between patents and health. The book provides an ideal source for anyone seeking a current and thorough review of the tensions that surround the subject and a fuller understanding of the nature of and background to the various differing perspectives that are held on it. '

Trevor Cook, Partner Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, USA

Table of Contents



Part 1: Health

Chapter 1: The Life of Health

Chapter 2: The Health of Intellectual Property

Part 2: Rights

Chapter 3: The Human Right to Health

Chapter 4: Health, Development, Culture

Chapter 5: Patent Morality

Part 3: Life

Chapter 6: The Technology of Life

Chapter 7: Life’s Libraries

Part 4: Access

Chapter 8: Access

Chapter 9: Use

Conclusion to the First Edition

Conclusion to the Second Edition



About the Author

Johanna Gibson is Herchel Smith Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London, where she researches in intellectual property law and policy.

About the Series

Intellectual Property, Theory, Culture

Intellectual Property, Theory, Culture
This series presents theoretical and cultural examinations of intellectual property laws, developments, and policy. Volumes in the series may be identified by their innovative and critical analyses and their original contributions to international debate. Interdisciplinary in approach, the series will be of interest to intellectual property experts and stakeholders, policy advisors, and NGOs, as well as students and researchers in the very critical areas of intellectual property law, anthropology, and cultural studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Medical Law & Legislation