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The European Patent Convention

 
 

Rule 27
Patentable biotechnological inventions

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; 
a microbiological or other technical process, or a product obtained by means of such a process other than a plant or animal variety. 
 
See decisions of the Enlarged Board of Appeal G 2/07, G 1/08 (Annex I).
References

Art. 52

 
Cross-reference list
EPC EPC 1973
R. 27R. 23c