EPO case law: patentability of implants

A device defined by a feature which can only be generated by a surgical or therapeutic step (here: an implantable device for desynchronizing the activity of pathologically active brain areas comprising means for stimulating brain regions) is excluded from patenting under Article 53 (c) EPC. In continuation of T 775/97 (EPO BoA 15 February 2019, … >> read more

14.10.2019

Line between patent-protectable new medical indications and ineffective dietary supplements

This case (17 Ob 35/09k – 2 February 2010) concerned the infringement of a “Swiss-type” claim: “The use of an isoflavone phyto-oestrogen extract of soy or clover, for the manufacture of a medicament for administration in unit dosage form for the treatment of pre-menstrual syndrome, symptoms associated with menopause, or prostate cancer.” The defendant sold a product that … >> read more

01.08.2010
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