Official Journal March 2012

Year 35, number 3, pages 125-270

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Index of published decisions of boards of appeal and Enlarged Board of Appeal (as at 31.01.2012) view
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ENLARGED BOARD OF APPEAL
Communication from the Enlarged Board of Appeal concerning case G 1/12 view
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DECISIONS OF THE ENLARGED BOARD OF APPEAL
G 2/07 – Broccoli/PLANT BIOSCIENCE "Admissibility of referrals – yes" – "Applicable law" – "Article 33(1)(b) EPC and substantive patent law" – "Protection of 'legitimate' expectations" – "Rule 26(5) EPC and Article 2(2) Biotech Directive as exhaustive definitions – yes" – "'Crossing' and 'selection' natural phenomena by way of a legal fiction – no"
"Legislative history of Article 2(2) Biotech Directive" – "Contradictory meaning of the provision" – "No guidance on the interpretation of the term 'essentially biological process for the production of plants' in Article 53(b) EPC" – "Meaning of that exclusion: production of plants vs. plant varieties – 'production' vs. 'Züchtung' and 'obtention' (not decided)" – "Interpretation of 'essentially biological'": "The Article 52(4) EPC 1973 analogy (no) – the computer-related inventions approach (no) – the T 320/87 approach – criteria linked to the state of the art (no)" – "The systematic context of Article 53(b) EPC – the legislative history of the SPC and the EPC 1973" – "Conclusions from legislative history": "Exclusion of processes based on sexual crossing of whole genomes and on subsequent selection of plants (yes)" – "Addition of technical step serving the performance of the process steps – not sufficient to escape exclusion" – "Inclusion within that process of a step by itself modifying the genome of the plant produced – process not excluded from patentability"
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G 1/08 – Tomatoes/STATE OF ISRAEL view
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INFORMATION FROM THE EPO
Decision of the President of the European Patent Office dated 2 February 2012 revising the basic fee for the European qualifying examination view
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Annual report 2011 view
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Notice from the European Patent Office dated 6 February 2012 concerning search and examination fees view
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Annex to the notice from the European Patent Office dated 6 February 2012 concerning search and examination fees view
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REPRESENTATION
Announcement of the European qualifying examination 2013 view
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List of professional representatives before the EPO view
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Council of the Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office view
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INFORMATION FROM THE CONTRACTING STATES
NL Netherlands
Change of name
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INTERNATIONAL TREATIES
PCT
Agreement between the EPO and WIPO under the PCT
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FEES
Guidance for the payment of fees, expenses and prices view
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Calendar of events
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SUPPLEMENTS
Schedule of fees and expenses applicable as from 1 April 2012 view
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