23 October 2015

Patentability of Embryonic Stem Cells in Europe

We attended an ‘Open Discussion on the Patentability of Human Embryonic Stem Cells in Europe’ held on 22 October in London.

Dr. Aliki Nichogiannopoulou of the EPO gave a very interesting presentation on cases heard by the EPO Technical Board of Appeal concerning applications in this technical area. Importantly, she confirmed the change in EPO examining practice that a date of 5 June 2003 is now accepted as a date from which hES cells were available without embryo destruction.