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Applying for a patent

Patentability
What are the criteria for patentability in your jurisdiction?

To qualify for a patent, an invention must be new, involve an inventive step and be industrially applicable.

What are the limits on patentability?

The following subject matter is excluded from patentability:

  • discoveries, scientific theories and mathematical methods;
  • schemes, rules and methods for doing business, performing purely mental acts or playing games;
  • plant varieties, animal species and biological methods of producing plants or animals, with the exception of micro-organisms, non-biological and microbiological processes; and
  • surgical or therapeutic methods of treatment applied to humans or animals and methods of diagnosis applied to humans or animals, with the exception of products used in any of these methods.

Are there restrictions on any other kinds of invention?

Patent protection will not be granted if the commercial exploitation of the invention contradicts Sharia law or harmful to human or animal life, or public health, or is substantially harmful to the environment. Alcoholic beverages and methods for producing them are examples of such inventions