Intellectual property – guidance

Examining patent applications for biotechnological inventions

These guidelines set out how we examine patent applications for biotechnological inventions under the Patents Act 1977.

Detail

This guide covers:

  • basic considerations
  • claim construction
  • relevant UK case law
  • relevant decisions under the European Patent Convention
  • trilateral project reports
  • US Patent and Trademark Office guidelines on utility
  • stem cell practice note
  • amicus curiae brief