Part of the Macmillan Law Masters book series
Even after satisfying the test of novelty, the application must involve an inventive step. This means that it must move the science on and not be merely something that would be ‘obvious’ to anyone skilled in the art if they had put their mind to it. Section 3 states:
‘An invention shall involve an inventive step if it is not obvious to a person skilled in the art, having regard to any matter which forms part of the state of the art.’
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© Tina Hart and Linda Fazzani 1997