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EPO Enlarged Board affirms patentability of plant claims

European Union - March 27 2015 The Enlarged Board has issued decisions on 25 March 2015 on: G 212 (Tomatoes II) and G 213 (Broccoli II) and, in so doing, has brought welcome...


Certain early pharmaceutical work will be exempt from patent infringement in the United Kingdom

European Union, Ireland, United Kingdom - May 14 2014 The Legislative Reform (Patents) Order 2014 (here) will introduce a 'clinical trial' exemption in the United Kingdom. It is expected to come into...


Guidelines for patentable subject matter eligibility at USPTO

Ireland, USA - March 12 2014 On 4 March 2014, the USPTO issued Guidance for Determining Subject Matter Eligibility of Claims Reciting or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural...


The US Innovation Act (HR 3309) unintended implications in Europe?

USA - December 23 2013 On 5 December 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the Innovation Act (H.R. 3309 (here)). The bill seeks to amend the America...


EU General Court bans cultivation and sale of Amflora potato within EU

European Union, Ireland - December 20 2013 Europe's second-highest court (the EU General Court), on 13 December 2013, overturned a decision by the European Commission to allow the...