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  Bio-Science Law Review   (United Kingdom)
  Volume 3, Issue 5, 1999/2000
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  • PATENTABILITY OF METHODS OF MEDICAL TREATMENT
        Anna Feros
        p.183                                                                                      +cite        
        This article looks at the legal history of the issue of whether methods of medical treatment of humans are suitable as patentable inventions. In Australia, this issue has not been clearly dealt with legislatively and therefore, with each case comes an interesting and new interpretation of the term 'generally inconvenient'. It is hoped that a recent Australian High Court case has put this issue to rest in Australia. Judges have continued to struggle to define whether methods of medical treatment are patentable subject-matter not only in Australia but also in the rest of the world due to the pervasive use of the term 'generally inconvenient'. This has led to some interesting cases which try to seek comfort from other cases around the globe.
  • REGULATORY DATA PROTECTION OF MEDICINAL PRODUCTS IN EUROPE
        Trevor Cook
        p.191                                                                                      +cite        
        The author reviews the current status of European law on the protection of medicinal products and concludes that any linkage with patents is dearly contrary to Article 39.3 of TRIPs.
  • PATENTS ON GENES: CAN THE ISSUES BE CLARIFIED
        R. Stephen Crespi
        p.199                                                                                      +cite        
        Gene patenting remains controversial and confusing for many observers. This article seeks to clarify some of the issues and to defend the principle of gene patenting from the standpoint of patent law.