Pepper trumps Broccoli: EPO finds products produced by essentially biological processes are not patentable

Responding to a question referred to it by the EPO’s President, the  Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office has issued its opinion in relation to what was perhaps the most controversial referral of 2019. In a complete reversal of its opinion of just five years ago, the EPO has held that plants and animal products produced by essentially biological (natural) processes are not patentable. Continue reading