Guidance

Examining patent applications for biotechnological inventions

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

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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
Published 6 May 2010
Last updated 21 October 2016 + show all updates
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