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Partnership for Quality meeting, Munich

April 27, 2016

On 19th April, a delegation from the epi headed by the President Tony Tangena met with a delegation from the EPO headed by the EPO President Benoît Battistelli. The meeting was held as part of the ‘Quality for Partnership’ program, a continuous dialogue between the epi and the EPO by means of which both organizations exchange their views and update each other on quality matters.

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UPC Agreement Ratification Process and Local or Regional Divisions

April 25, 2016

Before the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA) can enter into force, it needs to be ratified by 13 Member States, including Germany, France and the UK (Art 89(1) UPCA).

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Signature of the Memorandum of Understanding between EPO and epi

April 19, 2016

Today, further to the Partnership for Quality meeting, the epi President and the EPO President jointly signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Munich.

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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.

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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.

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