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Title: Bioinformatics: Scope of Intellectual Property Protection
Authors: Gopalan, Raguvaran
Keywords: Bioinformatics;Database;Software;Copyright;Patent;Trade secret;Genes;Molecular biology;Computational biology;Data mining
Issue Date: Jan-2009
Publisher: CSIR
Abstract: Bioinformatics is a new field of science which marks amalgamation of one of the oldest areas of research and deliberation in human civilization, life sciences, with one of the latest and still largely developing areas, information technology. This paper is a study of this field of bioinformatics and scope and application of intellectual property rights (IPR) to this area. The paper seeks to understand basics of bioinformatics, through an examination of varied definitions on offer. Various streams of research, which constitute, or rather create a need, for bioinformatics are looked upon. The paper examines trend of growth in this field, and analyses factors which necessitate contemplation of applying IPR. Objections that have been raised to the application of IPR to the innovations and inventions in this field are also covered. Finally, the paper makes an assessment of the exact nature of IPR which will best suit the field of bioinformatics.
Page(s): 46-51
ISSN: 0971-5544
Appears in Collections:JIPR Vol.14(1) [January 2009]

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