New Guidelines for biotechnology inventions
The Argentine PTO (INPI) has approved amendments to the guidelines for the examination of patents in the biotechnology field.
The amendments, published in the Official Bulletin on October 5, 2015, ratify the patentability criteria that the INPI has been applying for some time in the examination of biotechnological patents. Therefore, the new guidelines establish a legal framework for examiners to support their substantive observations regarding the generalization of sequences and the patentability of living matter, either of animal or vegetable origin.
More specifically, the amendments focus on the following subject matter:
- Sequential and/or structural similarity of modified nucleotide or amino acid sequences maintaining the same function;
- Genetically modified organelles;
- Transformation events.