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What are the criteria for patentability of a product?

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posted Aug 2 by Prajwal C.m.

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Patent applications must satisfy the following three criteria:

Novelty
This means that your invention must not have been made public – not even by yourself – before the date of the application.
Inventive step
This means that your product or process must be an inventive solution. It cannot be a solution that would be obvious to a manufacturer. Take the example of a different attachment method. Instead of welding the tubes of a swing together, they might be screwed together. This may well be a new method of making swings. But for someone involved in making them, it is too obvious a solution to be called an inventive step.
Industrial applicability
This criterion implies that it must be possible to actually manufacture the new invention. In other words, you can apply for a patent on a new kind of playing card that is easier to hold than existing cards. But you can’t obtain a patent for an idea for a new card game.

answer Aug 5 by Pratiksha Shetty
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