- Novelty: the invention has not been disclosed or made accessible to the public (worldwide).
- Inventive step: the invention cannot be obvious to someone skilled in the relevant field.
- Industrial applicability: the invention can be used in an industry, and the result or process can be achieved always.
The invention will not be patented when it has the following subject matter:
- Discovery (of something that already existed)
- Scientific theories
- Mathematical methods
- Aesthetic creations (go for Industrial Design)
- Business methods
- Computer programs
- Display of information
- Therapeutic, diagnostic or chirurgical methods
- Simple combination of earlier inventions
- The invention is against public order or morality
- Plants and/or animals (some exceptions apply)