An invention must meet three criteria in order to be patentable.
1. Industrial application:
The invention must be manufacturable or applicable in some commercial sector (including agriculture). This condition is met by most inventions.
The invention must be novel. An invention is considered novel when it is not already part of the state of the art. State of the art includes anything which has been made public through writing, orally, by use, or any other means anywhere in the world previous to the date of the patent application.
The solution to a problem is considered inventive, if, based on the current state of the art, it is not obvious for an ordinary person skilled in the art. Using another type of material instead of the type usually used (e.g., using aluminium instead of steel) is evident for an ordinary person skilled in the art and therefore not an inventive development. An indication of an inventive step is the unexpected quality of a product or the surprising effect of a process.
SEF.Wachstum – special event for SMEs and young enterprises on 2 September 2020 in Montreux
SMEs used the lockdown period to develop new ideas – an insight into an initiative of the IPI during the coronavirus crisis
08.11.2019 | Event
Symposium on Creative Approaches to Improving Access to Medicines Globally
Roundtable on the protection of computer-implemented inventions