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The technical nature of simulation methods – A New Referral to the Enlarged Board of Appeal
In decision T0489/14, the EPO Boards of Appeal have made a new referral to the Enlarged Board of Appeal regarding the patentable nature of computer-implemented simulation methods. Under European practice, methods implemented on a computer are only considered patentable if the method can be understood to have a “technical effect”. In particular, methods that are...
The patentability of plants and animals obtained by essentially biological processes – conflict or conformity of Article 53 EPC and the implementing regulations
A new Referral to the Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) has been submitted by the President of the EPO concerning the patentability of plants and animals obtained exclusively by essentially biological processes, G3/19. This Referral follows Technical Board of Appeal decision T1063/18, a case concerning the patentability of plants obtained by an essentially biological process....