Thinking about going to a BIO 2018 in Boston and interested in patents?
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Providing a patent system for an evolving biotech industry
Gene patents - patents on isolated genes (and proteins) with defined function(s) are patentable in Europe
Diagnostics - patents on diagnostics relating to measurements of natural phenomena are allowed in Europe
Personalised medicine - personalised medicine is patentable in Europe - come to our stand and find out what needs to be considered when filing such applications.
Second medical uses - a feature of the European
patent system that has no equivalent in the US - find out what evidence is needed at the filing date and what can be provided during the examination procedure to avoid risks and unpleasant surprises during prosecution.
Antibody patenting - the requirements under the European Patent Convention are considerably different compared to others, e.g. in the US – what are the differences and how does this affect your drafting of the application?
Your reliable partner for PCT search and examination work
For PCT international patent applicants, an EPO search is one of the most reliable and trustworthy assessments anywhere in the world 1 . Moreover, you can save on further search fees when your application later enters the European phase.
Over 130 countries acting as PCT receiving Offices allow applicants to choose the EPO as their search authority. They include the EPO's 38 member states, the USA, Japan, Brazil, India, Mexico, Singapore and South Africa.
Rules changes that provide more flexibility and lower costs for applicants
Responding to a clear request from its applicants, the EPO has just changed the rules relating to further searches of non-unitary inventions. The new rules will ensure that all applicants benefit from equal treatment regarding the further prosecution of their application, especially in cases of non-unity.
This will give users more flexibility, allow them to save costs, and help the Office to offer equal service levels between the EP and PCT procedures. The changes are a demonstration of the EPO's on-going efforts to act dynamically and to respond to its applicants' needs.