This course will deal with the basic intellectual property, ethical, regulatory and policy issues in biotechnological innovations. It will focus mainly on patent issues including the patentability of biological materials, gene sequences, animals, plants and humans; infringement, ownership and licensing. Students will also be acquainted with genetic copyright, trade secrets protection and basic ethical and regulatory aspects including gene technology and ES cell research. Apart from Singapore law, a comparative analysis of the legal position in Europe and USA, as well as the major international conventions will be made. Students will also be introduced to the fundamentals of biology and genetics. (Class presentation is subject to change depending on student subscription).