1 Sep 2014    Working Papers
Jost, Dannie

Chemical Invention as Such

The patentability of chemical invention has been the subject of much debate through out the industrial revolution. Today, new or developing technologies with great promise in the bioeconomy age, in particular synthetic biology, invite a reconsideration of what constitutes chemical invention.

In this essay the requirement for an invention is distinguished from the conditionality imposed on the invention as to determine its merit of patent protection. The question of what constitutes chemical invention is examined in view of the present state of the art in understanding the evolution and philosophy of science and technology.

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Chemical Invention as Such