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2015, vol. 49, iss. 4, pp. 1831-1843
Human embryonic stem cells and patent protection
University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Law

emailS.Radovanovic@pf.uns.ac.rs
Project:
Biomedicine, Environmental Protection and Law (MESTD - 179079)

Keywords: stem cells; human embryos; patent; biotechnology; pluripotent cells
Abstract
Given the importance of biotechnological research in modern diagnostics and therapeutics, on the one hand, and stimulative function of a patent, on the other hand, this work deals with the question of the possibility of pa-tent protection of human embryonic stem cells. Taking into account that this is a biotechnological invention, the key question that this paper highlights is the interpretation of the provisions of their patentability. Namely, thanks to the advanced methods of isolation, purification and preparation for implementation, modern patent systems do not exclude a priori living organisms from patent protection. Therefore, the analysis of representative administrative decisions or court rulings sought to define the criteria that would be applied in order to give patent protection to a certain biotechnological invention (stem cells) while others do not.
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article language: Serbian
document type: Original Scientific Paper
DOI: 10.5937/zrpfns49-9791
published in SCIndeks: 05/04/2016
peer review method: double-blind