The Legal Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) confirmed that under the European Patent Convention (EPC) an inventor designated in a patent application must be a human being.

The written decision and reasons will be issued in due course and will be available via the European Patent Register. The Boards of Appeal have issued a communiqué with further details.

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Source: EPO

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