Medicinpatentering i Imperiet

Mathias Bonne Sindberg, Victor Billeschou Brask, Karsten Hald Jacobsen, Kris Herringe, Cecilie Høgh Egmose, Jonas Munk Pedersen, Ali Altaf & Bjørg Friedberg Ørneborg

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The following project deals with the privatization of the immaterial as exemplified by the patenting of medicines and it’s consequences for innovation and the poor’s access to essential medicines. The project brings in relevant empirical data concerning various countries use of compulsory licensing, background knowledge of the patent systems function and design, the poor’s access to essential medicines and the formation of the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) in response to the patent systems exclusion of the poor. The empirical data is used to substantiate an in-depth critical realistic analysis using the Empire-concept of Michael Hardt & Antonio Negri and André Gorz' ideas about scarci-ty logic and cognitive capitalism exposes the deeper structures underlying the imposition of copyright on intangible assets in the pharmaceutical industry. From the analysis it is concluded that the structures that underlie the copyright of intan-gible products in the pharmaceutical industry, is to be found in the biopower and that the intellectual copyright act as a tool of the Empire’s continuous and all-encompassing reproduction of life. In addition, it is concluded that the use of compulsory licenses and the formation of MPP does not reflect the multitude’s release from the Empire because they operate immanent in the Empire.

UddannelserBasis - Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato20 dec. 2012
VejlederePeter Nielsen


  • Medicinalindustri
  • Gorz
  • Patentsystem
  • Kritisk realisme
  • Hardt & Negri
  • Imperiet