Rule 27
Patentable biotechnological inventions

Biotechnological inventions shall also be patentable if they concern: 
biological material which is isolated from its natural environment or produced by means of a technical process even if it previously occurred in nature; 
without prejudice to Rule 28, paragraph 2, 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. 
Amended by decision of the Administrative Council CA/D 6/17 of 29.06.2017 (OJ EPO 2017, A56), which entered into force on 01.07.2017.
See opinion of the Enlarged Board of Appeal G 3/19 (Annex I).
See decisions/opinion of the Enlarged Board of Appeal G 2/07, G 1/08, G 3/19 (Annex I).

Art. 52

Version history +
13.12.2007 - 30.06.2017 
Decision of the Administrative Council of 07.12.2006 (CA/D 10/06), (OJ EPO 2007, 8 and Special edition 1/2007)
01.07.2017 -  
CA/D 6/17 (OJ EPO 2017, A56)
Cross-reference list
EPC EPC 1973
R. 27R. 23c

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