The book debates restrictions on the patentability of medical methods in European Patent Law. The main question addressed is whether it is viable and advisable the reinterpretation, reformulation or replacement of Article 53 (c) EPC - a provision restricting the patenting of medical methods. The subject is approached by reference to emerging technologies, and using nanomedicine innovation as example and point of departure. Nanotechnology inventions blur the lines between patentable subject matter and what may fall under the exception from patentability. It is a good example of how in recent years, emerging technologies have been challenging the patent system and exposing the need for re-thinking the adopted solutions.
ForewordList of AbbreviationsChapter 1. IntroductionChapter 2. Theoretical justifications for patents right and the medical methods exceptionChapter 3. Legal construction of the EPC medical methods exceptionChapter 4. Methods for treatment and diagnosis in the USA patent systemChapter 5. NanomedicineChapter 6. Applying the medical methods exception to Nanomedicine inventionsChapter 7. Moving on: Alternatives to the current legal formulation nof the medical methods exceptionChapter 8. ConclusionsBibliographyTable of Case