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This Handbook brings together scholars from around the world in addressing the global significance of, controversies over and alternatives to intellectual property (IP) today. It brings together over fifty of the leading authors in this field across the spectrum of academic disciplines, from law, economics, geography, sociology, politics and anthropology. This volume addresses the full spectrum of IP issues including copyright, patent, trademarks and trade secrets, as well as parallel rights and novel applications. In addition to addressing the role of IP in an increasingly information based and globalized economy and culture, it also challenges the utility and viability of IP today and addresses a range of alternative futures.
Chapter 37: Outer Space, Alien Life and Intellectual Property Protocols: An Opportunity to Rethink Life Patents
Outer Space, Alien Life and Intellectual Property Protocols: An Opportunity to Rethink Life Patents
Intellectual property (IP) policies associated with patenting organisms, their products and processes often conflict and generate a range of economic, political and social issues. Current life-seeking missions in outer space provide an opportunity to reconsider those issues relatively free of special interests that have made IP complex and uneven. Because extraterrestrial life has yet to be discovered, it has no current economic value, cultural significance or territorial connection, allowing for more equitable IP treatment. But from the moment of discovery forward there are predictable political and social pressures that would ...