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Applying for a patent

Patentability

What are the criteria for patentability in your jurisdiction?

The criteria for patentability in Sweden are the same as those that apply in the rest of the European Union; the requirements are:

  • novelty;
  • inventive step; and
  • that the invention is industrially applicable. 

What are the limits on patentability?

In addition to inventions that contradict public morality, the following inventions cannot be patented:

  • a discovery, scientific theory or mathematical method;
  • an aesthetic creation;
  • a scheme, rule or method for performing a mental act, playing a game, doing business or a computer program;
  • a presentation of information; and
  • a procedure for surgical or therapeutic treatment or diagnosis, practised on humans or animals.  

Are there restrictions on any other kinds of invention?

An invention cannot contradict public order or morality and cannot constitute:

  • a discovery, scientific theory or mathematical method;
  • an aesthetic creation;
  • a scheme, rule or method for performing a mental act, playing a game, doing business or a computer program;
  • a presentation of information; or
  • a procedure for surgical or therapeutic treatment or diagnosis, practised on humans or animals.

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