Which inventions are eligible for patent protection, and which are not?
Inventions in which exterior design is important are not covered by patents, but by design right. Where the emphasis is on presenting information, the invention is covered by trademark rights or copyright (e.g. software, including accounting systems). However, the name of a software package is, in turn, covered by trademark rights. Inventions which are non-technical fall outside the scope of patent law. Furthermore, the invention must not conflict with accepted moral principles or be personally offensive. Surgical techniques (methods) are not patentable (although the equipment certainly is patentable). Websites and web shops are not patentable.
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