European Patent Convention, Art. 56; Patent Act, Sec. 4
Decision • Patent Law Germany
The fact that a solution that forms a part of the general know-how is in principle suitable can only be sufficient cause to refer to that solution if it is immediately clear to an expert that a technical starting point is given in which the use of the solution in question seems objectively suitable (following Federal Supreme Court, decision of 30 April 2014 – X ZR 139/10, 2014 GRUR 647 – Farbversorgungssystem).
General know-how Technical starting point Objective suitability Solution Obviousness State of the art
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