Updated May 20, 2015.
Prepared by Nancy McMurrer and Mary Whisner for Law E570, Prof. Mastroianni.
Updated by Cheryl Nyberg (2015) and law librarianship intern Joe Cera (2009).
This guide identifies print and online resources on legal issues affecting the biotechnology industry.
Book titles are linked to records in the Gallagher Law Library catalog so that users can tell whether a particular book is available. Catalog records often contain chapter headings, giving readers a preview. Books that are also found online include hyperlinks.
Note: Access to Bloomberg Law, Lexis, and Westlaw is restricted to University of Washington School of Law students, faculty, and staff and to other users who have individual passwords or IDs. For more information, see Biotechnology & the Law: Scientific & Technical Information.
The following titles are useful starting points for learning about biotechnology and the law. Hyperlinked titles lead to catalog records, many of which provide tables of contents.
A Guide to Biotechnology Law and Business.
KF3133.B56 B64 2007 at Classified Stacks
For other books, search the Gallagher Law Library catalog.
Biotech Watch [UW Restricted]
Published every business day, this newsletter covers a wide range to biotech-related legal activities. UW Law students, faculty, and staff can sign up for email delivery.
A large, searchable collection of items from blogs, magazines and newsletters, newspapers, transcripts, and wire services. Subscribers can set up "alerts" to automatically receive items that match the individual's interests.
To identify companies in the biotech industry, consult one or more of the following sources:
Biotechnology Industry Organization
Billed as "the world's largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products.
Several U.S. government agencies have responsibilities for biotechnology issues.
Biotechnology Regulatory Services
Provides links to relevant laws, regulations, environmental permits and petitions, and related information. From the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The parent agency for several agencies involved in biotech.
Food & Drug Administration, Biotechnology
Contains guidance documents and related information.
National Human Genome Research Institute
Provides information about research, grants, and news. Includes a section on Issues in Genetics that covers ethical, legal, and policy issues in genetic research.
For sources and descriptions, see the Gallagher guide on U.S. Administrative Law Research.
See also the Gallagher guides on Patent Law.
Representative titles include:
Biotechnology & Nanotechnology: Regulation under Environmental, Health, and Safety Laws (2009).
K3925.B56 N35 2009 at Classified Stacks | Lexis
Biodiversity and the Law: Intellectual Property, Biotechnology, and Traditional Knowledge (2007).
K3488.B566 2007 at Classified Stacks
Intellectual Property in Molecular Medicine (2015).
K1519.B54 I56 2015 at Classified Stacks (on order as of May 19, 2015)
Pharmaceutical and Biotech Patent Law (2008, updated through 2011).
Includes a glossary (Appendix A) and "Primer on Basic Biotechnology Concepts" (Appendix B).
KF3133.B56 S46 2008 at Classified Stacks | Bloomberg Law
For more books, search the Gallagher Law Library catalog for the keywords "biotechnology" and "intellectual property".
DNA Patent Database
"[C]ontains a collection of DNA-based patents and patent applications issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and makes the full-text of such patents and applications available to users at no cost." Updating ceased in March 2015.
Patents & Applications
A searchable database of patents filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as well as patents filed in China, Europe, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, and the United Kingdom (dates of coverage vary).
Derwent World Patents Index
Another searchable database, beginning in 1963.
Products Liability Law, 2d ed. (Hornbook series)
KF1296.O835 2008 at the Reference Area
Products Liabilty in a Nutshell, 9th ed. (2015).
KF1296.Z9 N6 2015 at Reference Area
For more books, search the Gallagher Law Library catalog by keyword "products liability".
Products Liability Cases
Contains federal and state cases from 1945 to date.
Products liability laws are primarily state-based.
50-State Survey: Products Liability
Table cites to state laws and regulations, including provisions on rebuttable presumptions and statutes of limitations. Updated Dec. 2014.