Boards of Appeal confirm EPO’s practice on priority

The Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) confirmed the revocation of European patent EP 2 771 468 of the Broad Institute relating to CRISPR gene editing technology (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats). The written decision T 844/18 is now available here. The case received wide attention because of its relevance for the EPO’s assessment of priority. The Boards confirmed the EPO’s practice for assessing priority following the so-called “all applicants” approach. For more details, please feel free to contact us.