The legal context of intellectual property rights and marine biotechnology

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One of the most significant policy issues facing many governments as well as the marine biotechnology, on both a national and international level, is the ownership of biomaterials and bioprocesses. In recent years, scientists, policy-makers and legal theorists have struggled to develop a single stabilizing order that is sensitive to the plethora of relevant perspectives and values. A study was conducted to make a fundamental overview of the existing regimes of intellectual property accessible to the non-legal participants in the discussion, and to provide insight into legal traditions as they affect biotechnological research. The discussion also reviewed a number of the germinal points of legal tension and contention that have beset the industry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)229-277
Number of pages49
JournalOcean and Coastal Management
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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