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 central question of trust and the beneficial interests of society in the use of products of intellectual property, particularly in the fulfillment of the right to access medicinal products, emerge as key to achieving meaningful access to knowledge in health and medicine and the realization of relevant and equitable use of the benefits of scientific research in all societies.
Johanna Gibson is Herchel Smith Professor of Intellectual Property Law and Director of the Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute, Queen Mary University of London, where she researches and teaches in intellectual property law and policy, public health and traditional knowledge. Her other books include Creating Selves: Intellectual Property and the Narration of Culture (2006) and Community Resources: Intellectual Property, International Trade and Protection of Traditional Knowledge (2005) and the recent edited collection, Patenting Lives: Life Patents, Culture and Development (2008). Johanna Gibson is also the General Editor of the Ashgate specialist series, Intellectual Property, Theory, Culture.
'...Professor Gibson brings a distinctly legal perspective to bear on the critical issue of intellectual property and medicines. Yet, more importantly, she frames the analysis in the context of the historical and cultural development of the western democratic notion of "property", "ownership" and "use".' European Journal of Public Health