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Biotechnology has consistently ranked among the ten largest technical fields at the EPO in the last few years, yet the professional and public debate about the patentability of biotechnological inventions continues.

Patent classification

Here we look at current issues in patent classification, including efforts to harmonise classification systems and the tagging schemes developed by the EPO to identify technologies that span multiple technical fields.

Substantive patent law harmonisation

Set up in 2011 to informally discuss key harmonisation issues, the Tegernsee Group has produced technical, fact-finding studies and consulted users in Japan, the US and Europe on the grace period, 18-month publication, conflicting applications and prior user rights.

Digital technologies

Digital technologies are finding their way into every aspect of our modern lives. High levels of digital innovation are causing rapid, even disruptive change to many industries.

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