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Biotechnology Intellectual Property – Bioethical Issues

  1. Jack Wilson

Published Online: 25 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0003474



How to Cite

Wilson, J. 2001. Biotechnology Intellectual Property – Bioethical Issues. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 APR 2001


Biotechnology intellectual property consists of patents and trade secrets held on organisms, genes and products derived from them. Intellectual property law has been applied to biotechnological innovations and there are ethical concerns raised by its protection of biotechnological inventions.


  • patent;
  • intellectual property;
  • ethics;
  • biotechnology