Intellectual Property in Life Sciences

What can you patent in biotechnology?

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The field of biotechnology is thriving with innovation, with thousands of patents filed every month. However, many specialisms in this area are fraught with ethical and moral implications, such as human cloning, genetic modification and animal testing. As a result, pursuing a patent in biotech means navigating a complex minefield of rules and regulations. In this course, we join Victoria Randall, Senior Attorney at Finnegan Europe LLP. This course investigates explores inclusions, exemptions, medical use claims and patents relating to therapy, surgery and diagnosis. This is an intermediate level course and takes about 30 minutes to complete.

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  1. Patent eligible subject matter
  2. Exceptions to patentability
  3. Therapy, surgery and diagnosis: avoiding patent pitfalls
  4. Medical use claims
  5. Quiz

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Module 1

Patent eligible subject matter

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In part one of this course, we will take a look what you can patent within three key areas: biological material, plants or animals and microbiological processes.

Additional Resources
Litigating Biotechnology Patents: The Next Frontier for Patent Litigation in the United States
Finnegan: Expert Q&A on Patent Eligibility of Life Sciences Inventions
Finnegan European IP Blog
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Module 2

Exceptions to patentability

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Now that we have an understanding of what you can patent, part two will take a look at what you can’t. We’ll break down the four key areas of exemption and evaluate Rule 28 of the EPC.

Additional Resources
Puzzling Out the Patent-Eligibility of Natural Products
Plant and animal varities patentability table
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Module 3

Therapy, surgery and diagnosis: avoiding patent pitfalls

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There are certain specialist areas in biotech that require a detailed evaluation of patent eligibility, so in part 3 we’ll break down patents relating to therapy, surgery and diagnosis.

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Medical use claims

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Medical use claims are a special type of purpose-limited product claim and are an exception to the normal rules of novelty. In the final part of this course, we’ll take a look at these claims and the specific formats that they must follow.

Additional Resources
Finnegan: Infringement of Second Medical Use Claims in Europe
Academy Course: Commercialising Ideas in Life Sciences
Finnegan European IP Blog
Module 4 - Transcript
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