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industrial processes can be protected by patents

A process of manufacture
may be patentable


It may not be possible, in certain circumstances to obtain a patent for your invention if it falls in any of the categories below:

  • - a discovery;
  • - a scientific theory or mathematical method;
  • - an aesthetic creation such as a literary, dramatic or artistic work;
  • - a scheme or method for performing a mental act, playing a game or doing business;
  • - the presentation of information, or a computer program

  • In addition, it is not possible to get a patent for an invention if it is a plant variety; a method of treatment of the human or animal body by surgery or therapy; or a method of diagnosis. Further Patents are not granted for inventions, the publication or commercial exploitation of which would be contrary to "ordre public" or morality.
    This is not an exhaustive list.