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This study has been carried out at the request of the European Group on Ethics in Science and new Technologies during the preparatory work of its opinion on ethical aspects of patenting inventions involving human stem cells.
The present report starts with a brief overview of stem cell technology in order to assist the reader in understanding the key events in stem cell technology and the subject matter for which patent protection is claimed.
The report then describes the current patent practice and the state of patent legislation with regard to human stem cell technology. Much of the progress made to date in stem cell technology was dependent on animal models and understandings gained from mouse modes and mouse stem cell research.
However, this report will mainly focus on the patent practice and patent framework for human stem cell technology.
The report ends by devoting substantial attention to some questions that remain unsettled and offering some routes for reflection.

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Authors: VAN OVERWALLE G, Centre for Intellectual Propery rights, Faculty of Law, K.U. Leuven, Leuven (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2001, 218 pp., free of charge
Availability: EUR-OP reference: KA-41-01-470-EN-C Available from European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies to the European Commission, Brey 10/128, B-1049 Brussels, Email:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-1987-3
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