Rechtsprechung der Beschwerdekammern des EPA 2020

Online-Veröffentlichungsdatum: 18.5.2021



Leit- und Orientierungssätze[ 1 ] der im Amtsblatt veröffentlichten Entscheidungen des Jahres 2020

Case Number:

G 3/19, OJ EPO 2020, A119

Date of opinion:

14 May 2020



Taking into account developments after decisions G 2/12 and G 2/13 of the Enlarged Board of Appeal, the exception to patentability of essentially biological processes for the production of plants or animals in Article 53(b) EPC has a negative effect on the allowability of product claims and product-by-process claims directed to plants, plant material or animals, if the claimed product is exclusively obtained by means of an essentially biological process or if the claimed process features define an essentially biological process.

This negative effect does not apply to European patents granted before 1 July 2017 and European patent applications which were filed before that date and are still pending.


[ 1 ] Diese Leit- und Orientierungssätze erscheinen in der Anlage 3 nur in der Verfahrenssprache.

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