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Procedure G 2 / 12, Comment Prof Dr Fritz Dolder, Basel

According to Professor Dolder the examination of a patent application should follow a so called whole content approach and not only consider the wording of the claims. This basic principle has already been applied by the European patent office in connection with the patenting of human embryonic stem cells (G/06). The European Parliament confirmed this basic principle in its resolution of 10 May 2012. Against this background, Professor Dolder answers the three questions forwarded to the Enlaregd Board of Appeal as follows...

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