European Patent Office clarifies practice in the area of plant and animal patents

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Publié le 6 October 2017

Since July 1, 2017 European Patent Office has amended and especially clarified the legal framework applicable to plant and animal patents.

Therefore, plants and animals exclusively obtained by an essentially biological breeding process are excluded from patentability.

Proceedings in examination and opposition cases concerning plants or animals obtained by an essentially biological process have been stayed since last November. These cases will now be gradually resumed and be examined according to the clarified practice.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any question or particular issue regarding this matter.

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