• 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.

  • 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.