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Intellectual Property and the Design of Nature

Intellectual Property and the Design of Nature
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Intellectual property law has been interacting with nature for over two centuries. Despite this long history, this relationship has largely been ignored. Intellectual Property and the Design of Nature fills this gap by bringing together scholars from different disciplines to examine the important role that nature plays in intellectual property law.

Based on the idea that many contemporary issues require a better understanding of these historical interactions, the book reflects on the ways intellectual property law has engaged with and understood nature in the past. The varied contributions show how the relationship between nature and intellectual property law is often more complex, permeable, and porous than is commonly recognized.

Intellectual Property and the Design of Nature demonstrates the complex and changing role that nature has played in the history of intellectual property law. Each of the chapters casts a new light on these connections. A compelling read for everyone interested in exploring new perspectives in the field of intellectual property.

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The Place of Nature in Intellectual Property
Jose Bellido and Brad Sherman
1:Vegetable Genius: Organic Figures of Originality
Mario Biagioli
2:Denaturing Bacteria: The Sewage Patent Controversy and Biotechnology
Daniel Schneider
3:The Essence of Biology: Broccoli and European Patents on Native Plant Traits
Veit Braun
4:Intellectual Property's Antecedent: Seed Law and the Regulation of Biological Materials in British Colonial Gambia
Susannah Chapman
5:Some Outlandish Legal Tales: The Debate over Plant Propagation
Marie-Angèle Hermitte
6:Novelties, Frauds, and Protections: The Seed and Nursery Busines in Nineteenth-Century America
Daniel J. Kevles
7:Brands Matter: Nature, Economy, and the Gift
Annalisa Colombino and Paolo Palladino
8:Copyright, Nature, and Travel Narratives: Publishing Cook's Voyages
Isabella Alexander
9:Artificial Flowers: Plastic Nature, Synthetic Biology
Jose Bellido and Brad Sherman
10:Modified Pearl Oysters and Repeatable Peaches: Cultivation, Invention, and the Laws of Nature in Twentieth-Century Japan
Kjell David Ericson
11:Scientific Activism and Intellectual Property: How UK-based Agroecologists and Plant Synthetic Biologists have Challenged the Status Quo
Dominic J. Berry
12:Creating New Values in Animals in the Era of Mendel's Rediscovery
Brendan Matz
13:Conceptualizing Nature as Information: Rendering South Asian Nature Searchable and Legible
Allison Fish