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Record 1 2005-03-24


Subject field(s)
  • Patents (Law)
  • Copyright, Patent and Trademark Law

A non-obvious invention is one that would not have been obvious to a person having ordinary skill in the related technology at the time the invention was made.


A patent is a right granted by the government to inventors (or more usually nowadays companies) in return for disclosure of an invention. In return for the public disclosure of a new and unobvious invention, the state gives the patent owner the right to stop other people using that invention for a certain period of time (maximum 20 years).

Key term(s)
  • nonobvious invention


  • Brevets d'invention (Droit)
  • Propriété industrielle et intellectuelle

C'est l'invention qui n'est pas évidente pour «l'Homme de l'art», c'est-à-dire une personne familière avec le domaine de l'invention et possédant des connaissances générales et ordinaires.


La nécessité de confirmer expérimentalement un résultat raisonnablement escompté n'a pas pour effet de rendre une invention non évidente.


Il importe de mentionner que la non-évidence [d'une invention] est établie selon l'état de la technique connue relative à l'invention.


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