Industrial Applicability

A requirement that an invention be “susceptible” of some industrial application, i.e., it must have some useful purpose, before a patent can be granted. The concept of industry is broadly interpreted. European and Japanese patents are required to have industrial applicability. Article 1 of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (the Paris Convention) sets forth guidance on industrial applicability. United States Patent law has an analogous rule known as the “Utility Requirement.”

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