The exclusion of diagnostic methods from patentability by the EPC: a case for review?

As prior decisions send mixed signals to practitioners, the European Patent Organization seeks to clarify its stance.

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    Schulte, R. Patent Act, 6th edition, Sec. 5, No. 15 (2001).

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    T 385/86 (OJ EPO 1988, 308 ff.).

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    T 964/99 (OJ EPO 2002, 4 ff.).

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    European Patent Office Guidelines for Examination, Section C-IV, 4.3 (October 2001).

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