These guidelines set out how the IPO examines patent applications for medical inventions.
Examination guidelines for patent applications relating to medical inventions in the Intellectual Property Office
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This guide covers:
- basic principles
- methods of treatment or diagnosis
- multi-step methods involving a surgical, therapeutic or diagnostic step
- apparatus for surgery, therapy or diagnosis
- first medical use
- second medical use
- claims to pharmaceutical compositions
- index of course cases and IPO decisions
- index of European Patent Office decisions