Intellectual property rights and detached human body parts

@article{Pila2012IntellectualPR,
  title={Intellectual property rights and detached human body parts},
  author={J. Pila},
  journal={Journal of Medical Ethics},
  year={2012},
  volume={40},
  pages={27 - 32}
}
  • J. Pila
  • Published 2012
  • Political Science, Medicine
  • Journal of Medical Ethics
This paper responds to an invitation by the editors to consider whether the intellectual property (IP) regime suggests an appropriate model for protecting interests in detached human body parts. It begins by outlining the extent of existing IP protection for body parts in Europe, and the relevant strengths and weaknesses of the patent system in that regard. It then considers two further species of IP right of less obvious relevance. The first are the statutory rights of ownership conferred by… Expand
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