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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 23d

Exceptions to patentability


Under Article 53(a), European patents shall not be granted in respect of biotechnological inventions which, in particular, concern the following:


(a) processes for cloning human beings;


(b) processes for modifying the germ line genetic identity of human beings;


(c) uses of human embryos for industrial or commercial purposes;


(d) processes for modifying the genetic identity of animals which are likely to cause them suffering without any substantial medical benefit to man or animal, and also animals resulting from such processes.


Cross-reference list
R. 23d R. 28