Transplantation of modern intellectual property law
Governing traditional Chinese medicine in modern China.
The aim of this book is to analyze the patent law that regulates traditional Chinese medicine and to suggest how it may be improved so as, on the one hand, to ensure that pharmaceutical firms have sufficient incentives to continue to research and develop traditional Chinese medicine while, on the other hand, to recognize the value of the authentic traditional contributions. This book raises to a new level the continuing discussion of the correlation between intellectual property rights and environmental law. In the establishment of the law concerning intellectual property rights, the state is primarily concerned with creating incentives for invention through the assignment of property rights. In enacting environmental law, the state prioritizes the prevention of environmental injury by regulating the harmful by-products of a particular economic activity. A welcome addition to the literature, this study will be of interest to academics, practising lawyers, government legal advisors, and investors alike.