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Exclusions from Patentability
How Far Has the European Patent Office Eroded Boundaries?

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Part of Cambridge Intellectual Property and Information Law

  • Date Published: November 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107006942

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  • Exclusions from Patentability reviews the history of the adoption of exclusions from patentability under the European Patent Convention since its first conception in 1949 through to its most recent revision. The analysis shows how other intellectual property treaties, such as UPOV, the Strasbourg Patent Convention, PCT, the EU Biotech Directive and TRIPS have affected the framing of the exclusions. Particular attention is given to those exclusions considered the most contentious (computer programmes, discoveries, medical treatments, life forms and agriculture) and those decisions which have been most influential in shaping the approaches by which the exclusions have been interpreted. The 'morality' exclusion and the interpretation of the exclusions are discussed critically and suggestions for coherent interpretation are made.

    • Focus on what is not patentable in Europe will appeal to those concerned with the practice of obtaining patent coverage
    • Investigation of what should not be patentable will appeal to those concerned with the theoretical aspects of patent law
    • Explanation of how the patentability exclusions can be interpreted will be of interest to those concerned with interpreting or changing the law
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107006942
    • length: 374 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 157 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.67kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The historical development and current scope of the European Patent Convention
    3. Computer programs
    4. Discoveries
    5. Methods of medical treatment and diagnosis
    6. Essentially biological processes for the production of plants and animals
    7. Plant and animal varieties
    8. Morality and 'ordre public'
    9. Towards a coherent interpretation of the exclusions
    10. Conclusion.

  • Authors

    Sigrid Sterckx, Universiteit Gent, Belgium
    Sigrid Sterckx is a Professor of Ethics at Ghent University and at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium.

    Julian Cockbain, Dehns, Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys
    Julian Cockbain is a European patent attorney and a British patent attorney with the British and European patent and trade mark attorney firm Dehns.

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