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Patent offices to revise stem cell guidance post-Brüstle

Emma Barraclough, London

Patent offices in Europe are considering whether to change their approach to the patenting of stem cell-related inventions following a Court of Justice ruling last month

On October 18 Europe's highest court held that patents covering stem cells derived from human embryos are not permissible under the EU Biotechnology Directive.

In reaching its conclusion in the Brüstle case, the Court defined embryos widely, saying that they...

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