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Overview of national laws on nucleic acid sequences

April 13, 2016

The epi Committee on Biotechnological Inventions has created the following overview of the national laws of the 38 EPC Contracting States with regard to nucleic acid sequences. The main issue covered by this overview concerns purpose/function limited protection.


Obituary: Dr. Kurt F. Büchel (1933-2016)

April 06, 2016

It was with great sadness that we learnt of the passing on 14th March 2016 of Dr. Kurt F. Büchel at the age of 82.


epi Information - Now In Its New Format

March 30, 2016

We are very pleased to inform you that our new and redesigned journal epi Information in electronic version is now available on the epi website.


epi Seminar “UP/UPC &Workshop” - 22nd April 2016 in Athens

March 17, 2016

The 3-hour pre-seminar, structured in 3 parts, will provide you with 2 parts on the latest development on the unitary patent (UP) and the Unified Patent Court (UPC) and it will be followed by a one-hour workshop on inventive step.


Meeting with the President of ACPI - 16th March 2016

March 17, 2016

The meeting between epi, EPO and the President of the ACPI (Colombian Association of Intellectual Property) was organized by the EPO in the framework of the cooperation between Europe and Colombia as a follow-up to the recent signature of the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) agreement in January 2016 in Bogotá.