Welcome to the new version of the Patents Manual. Please note there are changes to the numbering and sequence of the chapters and pages in the manual. You are encouraged to take the time to explore and familiarise yourself with this new structure. Fine Arts

Date Published

Inventions which are in the realms of "the fine arts" have traditionally been considered non-patentable. "Fine arts" are usually taken to include those arts which are the product of human intellectual activity which seek expression through beautiful or significant modes, as painting, sculpture, music, and other aesthetic creations.

Consequently, in assessing the patentability of an invention which appears to encompass the field of fine arts, it will be necessary to consider whether an aesthetic or artistic effect, as distinct from a technical feature, is involved. The pure aesthetic effect of an article will not be patentable, however if the article also has a technical feature, it may be patentable (for example, a tyre tread). A process or means for creating an aesthetic effect may comprise of a technical innovation and thus be patentable.

Amended Reasons

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