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Bio-Science Law Review
Volume 8, Issue 6, 2005/2006
LAST STOP OF THE PERUVIAN GUANO TRAIN: DISCLOSURE IN PATENT CASES - WHERE LESS CAN BE MORE
THE PENALTIES REGULATION
ELISABETHANN WRIGHT AND SUSAN JANE CLEMENTS
After much debate about its contents, purpose and legal basis, the European Commission Regulation on Penalties was finally adopted on 14 June 2007 and entered into force on 5 July 2007. As a consequence of the Regulation, the European Commission can now impose fines on companies whose medicinal products have been authorised in accordance with the central authorisation procedure laid down in Regulation 726/2004 for breaches of specified obligations. This article reviews and comments on this significant development.
THE HUMAN FERTILISATION AND EMBRYOLOGY ACT 1990: STILL FIT FOR PURPOSE IN THE 21ST CENTURY?
RACHEL ANN FENTON AND FIONA DABELL
Assisted reproduction and embryo research in the UK is formally regulated by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act of 1990 which, although in force today, is currently under review. There has been much media interest in controversial issues such as the use of the sperm of a deceased husband, so-called 'saviour siblings', cloning, and the withdrawal of consent to use of embryos by an estranged partner. In very recent times there has been sustained media coverage of the debate about the use of hybrid and chimera embryos for research purposes. High profile legal challenges have been mounted by interest groups such as 'Comment on Reproductive Ethics' (CORE) and the Pro-Life Alliance. This article will explore the background to the passage of the 1990 Act, the regulatory system that it sets out, subsequent problems with the Act and its interpretation in the face of new scientific developments and the need for its review. It will conclude with a brief synopsis of the changes proposed in the Human Tissues and Embryos (Draft) Bill (May 2007).
KEEPING YOURSELF TO YOURSELF: GENETIC PRIVACY IN THE UNITED KINGDOM
SARAH HARROP AND CORINNE ATTON
This is the first of two articles that will consider the current legislative framework in both the United States and the United Kingdom and will ask whether it meets the challenges posed by the surge in the identification and availability of, genetic information. Are individuals sufficiently protected? Is the right balance being struck between the protection of the individual and the obtaining of benefit for society, particularly in the context of medical research? This first article will explore the nature of DNA and will consider the UK legislative framework.
AUSTRALIA - Plant Breeder's Rights - Review of enforcement of plant breeders rights - UNITED KINGDOM - Contracts - Entire agreement clauses. Confidential Information. ABPI - guidelines for the secondary use of data for medical research purposes - UNITED STATES - Patents - Licensing MedImmune v Genentech - EUROPEAN COMMISSION - Seventh Research Framework: Draft IP Rule - EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT - Advanced Therapies Regulation. - EUROPEAN COUNCIL - Failure to agree approval of BASF's 'Amaflora' GM potato. - SURVEY - Recent Developments in Biotechnology Patents