The Patentability of Human Beings: The Effect of a Proposed Exclusion in the Patents Act 1953
The author critically examines the debate over whether “human beings” ought to be patentable. The article outlines the choices between excluding just the patenting of whole organisms or parts of organisms. After considering New Zealand, Canadian, and European Union Patent law, the author concludes that at very least New Zealand must statutorily prevent the patenting of whole organisms.
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