The Patentability Of Commercial Methods Applicable To The Internet Under French Law

Under French law, an idea or a concept is unpatentable; only the technical means implemented for putting them in concrete form can be patentable. Thus, a commercial method applicable to the Internet could be patentable as long as this method embodies a concrete form. However, further requirements apply to the patentability of commercial methods, namely the novelty and inventive step requirements.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What commercial methods might be patentable?
What further requirements apply to patentability?
What requirements apply to the drafting of a patent?


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