Plausibility has been a hot topic for a couple years, so it was no surprise the issue graced the roster for the Pharma Day series of panels at the AIPPI World Congress. Moderating the session, Juergen Meier (Vossius), explained that EPO examiners were increasingly probing a patent beyond the standard novelty and inventive step requirements…

In the past decade, a new character of the patent theatre has made inroads into the case law of some EU Member States, “imported” from the so-called “EPO case law”. Its name is “plausibility”. The origin of the plausibility concept can be traced to Decision T 939/92 (AgrEvo), where the EPO’s Board of Appeals held…