• Patenting surgical, therapeutic and diagnostic methods

    With the aid of the Guidelines for Examination in the EPO and the case law of the EPO's boards of appeal, this lecture explains how the EPO implements Article 53(c) EPC, i.e. the exception to patentability covering surgical, therapeutic and diagnostic methods. We look into which types of invention relating to such methods could be patentable at the EPO.

    Speaker: Igor Dydenko

  • How to get a patent for computer-implemented inventions in biotechnology and healthcare

    Computer-implemented inventions (CII) are becoming more and more prevalent in healthcare and the life sciences, and yet it is not generally known that they are patentable at the EPO. This lecture looks at the EPO's consistent – and therefore highly predictable – approach to CII, focusing on how you can increase your chances of getting a patent for claims comprising algorithmic/mathematical steps. Examples from bioinformatics and healthcare informatics help deepen your understanding of the decisive ingredients for a successful application in these fields.

    Speaker: Matthias Hilbig

  • Presentations of information – which inventions can be patented?

    This lecture covers how the EPO examines applications for mixed-type inventions, i.e. those with claims comprising both technical and non-technical features. It looks specifically at features relating to the presentation of information, which the EPO analyses to determine whether they contribute, in the context of the invention, to a technical effect serving a technical purpose; if there is a technical effect, applications in which the presentation of information is the contribution to the art can be granted. The EPO approach is discussed and examples from the case law of its boards of appeal are explained.

    Speaker: Susanna Lüdemann