European Union
Patents (including Plant Variety Protection)
25. Please explain whether your legislation provides for the exclusion of inventions from patentability based on ordre public or morality. If so, please explain the relevant section of your legislation and explain its formulation. Please also explain if it has been applied in practice.
The Patents Act does not provide for the exclusion of patentability based on ordre public or morality. Please note, however, that the Trademark Act per section 10 restricts registration of "…a trade-mark or part of a trade-mark any matter the use of which would, by reason of its being calculated to deceive or otherwise, be disentitled to protection in a court of justice or would be contrary to law or morality, or any scandalous design."