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To guarantee full disclosure of an invention involving microorganisms, the Budapest Treaty provides for the deposit of (micro)biological material with a recognised culture collection, known as an "International Depositary Authority (IDA)". An IDA must make the material publicly available at the appropriate point in the patenting procedure.
Since March 1, 1992 the BCCMTM consortium has been nominated as an "International Depositary Authority". The BCCMTM collections can therefore accept bacteria, filamentous and yeast fungi, human and animal cell lines (including hybridomas) and genetic material (e.g. plasmids, oncogenes, RNA) as patent deposits under the Budapest Treaty.
Last update: 7 May 1998
Contact: François Guissart