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European Patent Convention (EPC 1973)

 
 
A revised version of the European Patent Convention entered into force on 13 December 2007. The provisions of the revised Convention apply unless the transitional provisions provide for the applicability of the EPC 1973.

Rule 23c

Patentable biotechnological inventions

Art. 52



Biotechnological inventions shall also be patentable if they concern:


(a) biological material which is isolated from its natural environment or produced by means of a technical process even if it previously occurred in nature;


(b) plants or animals if the technical feasibility of the invention is not confined to a particular plant or animal variety;


(c) a microbiological or other technical process, or a product obtained by means of such a process other than a plant or animal variety.


Cross-reference list
R. 23c R. 27