EPO reverses its position on the patentability of products obtained by essentially biological processes

Asma Bendjaballah

On 29 June 2017, the EPO amended Rules 27-b) and 28(2) of the European Patent Convention (EPC) with respect to patentable biotechnological inventions and their exceptions. The EPO thus follows the earlier opinion of the European Commission (EC) expressed in Notice 2016/C 411/03 regarding the patentability of plants or animals obtained by essentially biological processes, Read More

A CRISPR patent pool – one step closer to reality?

Robyn Trigg

In a press release on 10 July 2017, the Broad Institute announced that is has, with joint patent owners Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Rockefeller University, entered discussions about a potential CRISPR patent pool.  The institutions collectively submitted 22 patents (from 10 patent families) for consideration to be included in a Read More

New National Institute for Health Data responsible for access to health data in France

Patricia Carmona Botana

The National Institute for Health Data (INDS) was established by an order dated 20 April 2017. The INDS replaces the Institute for Health Data and will serve as a one-stop-shop window through which access to the National System of Health Data (SNDS) database, which incorporates most public registries of health data, must be requested (see Read More

National System of Health Data increases access to health data in France

Eveline Van Keymeulen

On 1 April 2017, the implementing Decree of 26 December 2016 relating to the processing of personal data in the framework of the National System of Health Data (SNDS) entered into force. The decree lists the data that will be made available under the framework, establishes a list of public bodies that will have permanent Read More

Patients ready for AI and VR in healthcare; legal and regulatory challenges ahead

Alexandre Rudoni

Emerging technologies, from artificial intelligence (AI) to virtual reality (VR), are rapidly redrafting the healthcare industry landscape and are thus poised to become a hive of legal activity in the years ahead. In a recent report published by PwC based on a survey over 11000 people across 12 EMEA countries, a majority of respondents (over Read More