EPO clarifies practice in the area of plant and animal patents

patentabilityFrom 1 July 2017, the EPO will no longer grant patents for plants and animals exclusively obtained by means of an “essentially biological process”.

The press release of the EPO from 29.06.2017 states the following:

On a proposal of the European Patent Office its Administrative Council took a decision to amend the relevant Regulations in order to exclude from patentability plants and animals exclusively obtained by an essentially biological breeding process.

The proposal from the EPO took account of a Notice of the European Commission from November 2016 related to certain articles in the EU Directive on biotechnological inventions (98/44/EC).

This Directive was implemented in the EPO’s legal framework in 1999. The Directive excludes essentially biological processes from patentability but does not provide for a clear exclusion for plants or animals obtained from such processes. However, in its Notice the Commission clarified that it was the European legislator’s intention to exclude not only processes but also products obtained by such processes.

The EPO’s proposal adopted by its Administrative Council today almost unanimously safeguards uniformity in harmonised European patent law. It contains an important precision to patenting practice at the EPO, providing more clarity and legal certainty for users of the European patent system.

The new provisions will apply with immediate effect starting on 1 July 2017. Proceedings in examination and opposition cases concerning plants or animals obtained by an essentially biological process have been stayed since last November following the Commission’s Notice. These cases will now be gradually resumed and be examined according to the clarified practice.

Source: www.epo.org

    • December 2018
      Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
      « Nov    
       12
      3456789
      10111213141516
      17181920212223
      24252627282930
      31  
  • IP4all Weekly Bulletin

    You can subscribe to the weekly IP4ALL Bulletin.

  • Recommended videoView all | 

    All inventors, wherever in the world they are, deserve to obtain adequate protection of their inventions through legislation in the field of intellectual property. During to a visit to Geneva for the WIPO 2014 Assemblies, Michelle K. Lee, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO, talks about intellectual property in international aspect, with the aim to create convenient environment for international trade, but namely building a better international patent system.

    It is worth noting the good example she gives with American practice – USPTO invites patent practitioners to train its experts and thus to increase the quality of its services.

  • IP Consulting Ltd. - Intellectual Property Consulting Agency
  • Landmark-TP
  • Ivan Georgiev - Rembrand
  • Global IP Attorneys - The world's leading address guide for patent,  trademark, copyright, intellectual property and IP attorneys. In just a few steps you can find your agency for registration and protection of your intellectual property, patent, design, copyright or trademark.
  • The Professional Sector Network is a referral and networking group that caters exclusively to leading firms with a history of excellence in the business, advisory and investment sectors.
  • IP Basis®

  • IP Guide®

  • Become our partners