T 0775/97 () of 3.4.2001

European Case Law Identifier: ECLI:EP:BA:2001:T077597.20010403
Date of decision: 03 April 2001
Case number: T 0775/97
Application number: 93300047.3
IPC class: A61F 2/06
Language of proceedings: EN
Distribution: B
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Decision text in EN (PDF, 60.932K)
Documentation of the appeal procedure can be found in the Register
Bibliographic information is available in: EN
Versions: Unpublished
Title of application: Method and apparatus for bilateral intra-aortic bypass
Opponent name: -
Board: 3.2.02
Headnote: -
Relevant legal provisions:
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 52(4)
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 54(5)
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 112(1)
Keywords: Constructions which are only arrived at in the human body following a surgical method step, are not allowable under Article 52(4) EPC
Purpose-related use claims in the second medical indication format not applicable to surgical devices

No European patent can be granted with claims directed to a new and even possibly inventive way of using materials or devices, in particular endoprotheses, involving a treatment by surgery. This is equally true for product claims defined by a construction which is only arrived at in the human or animal body following a surgical method step.

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