• If you are interested in the specific patentability requirements and legal basis for particular topics such as biotechnology or computer-implemented inventions, or patents based on traditional medicinal knowledge, this collection of modules has all the information you need.

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    • Patentability of computer-implemented inventions at the EPO

      This module examines the patentability requirements, legal basis and other criteria in the field of information technology. In particular, it focuses on patentable and non-patentable subject-matter and on the examination of computer-implemented with respect to the requirements of Art. 52 EPC (exclusion, industrial application, novelty and inventive step). Examples and case law are also provided.

    • Patentability of biotechnological inventions

      This module looks at the patentability, legal basis and specific patentability criteria of biotechnology inventions.  Secondly, a test offers you the opportunity to check your knowledge of the patentability of biotechnological inventions.

    • Traditional medicinal knowledge

      Patents based on traditional medicinal knowledge are often characterised as bio-piracy, since they use traditional medicinal knowledge and genetic resources. This module looks at the patentability of such inventions, in particular in terms of the concept of novelty.