The application of property models to genes - and particularly human genes - has been a source of controversy for some time, although the general trend towards stronger and broader intellectual property protection for the biotechnology industry remains unabated. This project will examine this phenomenon from an interdisciplinary perspective, bringing together adacemics, practitioners, researchers and public interest groups to ask (i) whether this approach is the optimal means to protect and further the range of interests that are at stake in the enterprise of genetic research, (ii) whether modified property models are better suited to the task, or (iii) whether property protection should be extended to other parties, for example research subjects, or indeed (iv) whether the property paradigm can and should be abandoned altogether. Overarchingly, this project will assess, inform and seek to influence the future direction of law and policy in this area.

Recent Submissions

  • Tackling Community Concerns about Commercialisation and Genetic Research: A Modest Interdisciplinary Proposal 

    Laurie, Graeme; Hunter, Kathryn; Cunningham-Burley, Sarah; Haddow, Gill (Elsevier, 2007)
    In recent years, there has been a rise in the creation of DNA databases promising a range of health benefits to individuals and populations. This development has been accompanied by an interest in, and concern for the ...
  • Misfeasance in Public Office: An Emerging Medical Law Tort? 

    Laurie, Graeme; Mason, J K (Oxford University Press, 2003)
    The authors draw on two notable cases, Akenzua v. Secretary of State for the Home Department, and Palmer v Tees Health Authority, to which the outcome has prompted the article discussing misfeasance as an emerging medical ...
  • Patenting Stem Cells of Human Origin 

    Laurie, Graeme (AHRC Research Centre for Studies in Intellectual Property and Technology Law, 2004)
    The author discusses the impact of the European Union's Directive for the legal protection of biotechnological inventions (Directive 98/44/EC of 6 July 1998. Specific attention is given to the absence from provisions of ...