Reconciling IPRs and openness in biobanking

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Michiel Verlinden, Timo Minssen, Isabelle Huys

This opinion argues that carefully drafted IPR-policies could be used to protect the substantial investments made by biobanks in the collection of HBM and data while at the same time allowing scientists to share information and to seek IPRs on downstream inventions resulting from the use of such collections. We also recognize that the feasibility of IPR-policies depends on the specific types, set-ups and goals of biobanks and that some biobanks might have good reasons to refrain from being involved in IPRs. In many cases, however, an appropriate balance of the IPR-user modalities will be crucial to enhance translational medicine.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Intellectual Property Review
Volume38
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
ISSN0142-0461
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

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