Industrial application

Definition of industrial application

Only inventions with a possible industrial application are patentable (L611-10 CPI).

An invention is considered as susceptible of industrial application if its object can be made or in use in any kind of industry, including agriculture (L611-15 CPI).

Assessment of industrial application

Principle

There is an industrial application:

Special case of a technical application of an element of the human body

If the elements of the human body are not patentable, it is possible to protect by patent the technical application of a function of a human body element »(L611-18 CPI).

It is appropriate to indicate precisely the application in the patent application (L611-18 CPI): if the application has not been identified at the filing date of the application, the invention is not patentable (eg a piece of DNA whose function or product is unknown, INPI Examination Guidelines, IC VII-2.3).

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