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Further documentation

  • Report by the Federal Department of Justice and Police “Biotechnology and Patent Law: The patentability of inventions involving biological organisms" (report in German or French)
  • Report by the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property “Research and Patenting in Biotechnology” (pdf 791 KB)
  • Expert opinion by Prof. Dr. Joseph Straus, “Options for implementing Directive 98/44/EC on the legal protection of biotechnological inventions” (in German; pdf 1463 KB)
  • Legal opinion by Prof. Dr François Curchod on the compatibility of the Patent Law Treaty (PLC) with the obligation to declare the source of genetic resources and traditional knowledge in patent law (in French; pdf 306 KB).
  • Dispatch on the approval of the revised International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants and the amendment of the Plant Variety Protection Act and the Patent Act (Federal Gazette 2004, in German, French, Italian)
  • Federal Decree on the approval of the revised International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants and the amendment of the Plant Variety Protection Act and the Patent Act (Final vote text, Federal Gazette 2007, in German, French, Italian)
  

Texts on final vote

  • Amendment of the Swiss Federal Act on Patents for Inventions (Federal Gazette 2007; expiry of referendum period: 11 October 2007; in German, French, Italian)
  • Amendment of the Swiss Federal Act on Patents for Inventions (Federal Gazette 2007; expiry of referendum period: 11 October 2007; in German, French, Italian)
  

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