The non-patentable “pepper” fruit

The non-patentable “pepper” fruit

Not seen before – the EPO reverts its case law. The patentability of plants and/or parts of plants in the European patent system has long been the subject of heated debate. Nevertheless, for a long time the law appeared to develop incrementally in favour of...

Crispr hearing as seen by a trainee

Introduction Last week the hearing for appeal proceeding (T 844/18) relating to European Patent 2771468 B1, regarding the gene-editing technology CRISPR-Cas9, held by The Broad Institute, Inc., Harvard University and MIT, took place at the European Patent Office (EPO)...

Inventorship and ownership in the Artificial Intelligence era

Dr. Edoardo Mirabella European Patent Attorney Dr. Andrew J. Morton Australian Patent Attorney, Australian Trademark and Design Attorney Artificial Intelligence (AI) is nowadays ubiquitous in our everyday life, and increasingly plays a key role in innovation. For...

China, AI and IP: some facts and figures

Dr. Edoardo Mirabella European Patent Attorney It is generally believed that China will play and, indeed, is already playing an important role in the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Unfortunately, in many discussions, this belief reduces to nothing more...

Patenting blockchain

Blockchain has aggressively taken the centerstage of the fourth industrial revolution and is considered to be the driving force of the so-called web 3.0. Although blockchain’s claim to fame stems from its role as technology underlying the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, its use is not limited to the financial sector. For example,