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Economic Insights and Deficits in European Biotechnology Patent Policy

Gilroy, Bernard Michael and Volpert, Tobias (2002): Economic Insights and Deficits in European Biotechnology Patent Policy.

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Abstract

The decisive statutory provision of the EU for patent protection of genetic engineering inventions is the so-called directive on biotechnological patents (DBP). Its objective is the encouragement of research and development in the genetic engineering sector. The following exposition shows that the DBP has two major flaws from the economist's point of view, under which particularly small and medium-sized enterprises, the driving force of this young line of business, suffer.

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