"At its twelfth session, held from June 23 to 27, 2008, in Geneva, the Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) asked the WIPO Secretariat to establish, for its next session, preliminary studies on four issues. These four issues are: - Dissemination of patent information (inter alia the issue of a database on search and examination reports); - Exceptions from patentable subject matter and limitations to the rights, inter alia research exemption and compulsory licenses; - Patents and standards; - Client-attorney privilege. These four issues are not to be considered prioritized over other issues contained in the list which was established during the twelfth session of the SCP and was contained in the Annex to document SCP/12/4 Rev. (see paragraph 8(c) of document SCP/12/4 Rev.). Accordingly, this document prepared by the Secretariat is a preliminary study on the issue of exclusions from patentable subject matter and exceptions and limitations to the rights for the thirteenth session of the SCP, to be held from March 23 to 27, 2009."