Examining patent applications for medical inventions

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
  • therapy
  • surgery
  • 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
Published 30 April 2016
Last updated 14 October 2016 + show all updates
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