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Effective Adoption Of Synthetic Biology In India Needs Serious Patent Reform

Rimjhim Dasgupta, IP, 4NBIO


Synthetic biology (SB) is an emerging trans-disciplinary field that has given a new dimension to biological aspects of science. Emerging science and technology fields are increasingly expected to provide solutions to societal grand challenges. At the same time, it is important to protect the innovation as intellectual property system helps to transform ideas to potential applications. It is important that innovators develop the strategy for their innovations that aligns with patentable subject matter of the respective jurisdiction in advance. However, SB raises issues relating to the scope of patent law to confer effective protection. Scrutiny of such issues aims to understand the different parameters that can stimulate the growth as well as success of SB related technologies and minimise the associated risk. This report highlights the bottleneck for patent protection and aims to provide an unbiased overview of the major issues, and recommendations.

Keywords: Synthetic biology, SB, intellectual property, patent, emerging technology, patentable subject matter

Indian Journal of Law and Legal Research

Abbreviation: IJLLR

ISSN: 2582-8878


Accessibility: Open Access

License: Creative Commons 4.0

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