Resumption of proceedings at the EPO for cases concerning plants and animals obtained by ‘essentially biological processes’

In November 2016 the European Patent Office decided to halt the processing of some patents and patent applications relating to plants and animals obtained by ‘essentially biological processes’. The stay in proceedings was introduced to give the EPO time to consider how these types of patent applications might be affected by an EU Commission Notice clarifying the relevant EU law.

As of 1 July 2017, the stay has been lifted and the processing of affected applications/patents will be gradually resumed.