Friday 8 January 2016

Novelty on a mental level does not count T 2191/13

The decision T 2191/13 relates to a two-component adhesive system wherein the amount of one of the components B is supposed to be adapted to the respective substrates and processing conditions.

The two-component adhesive system as such was disclosed in the closest prior art but disclosure on whether or not the amount of component B was adapted to anything was lacking.

The board found that the claim was not novel nonetheless. The headnote (in an unofficial translation) reads:

A difference to the prior art existing only on a mental level, which is exclusively based on the existence of an insight, cannot render the subject-matter a claim novel unless the insight is reflected in the technical features of the claimed subject-matter (points 12.3 and 12.4 of the reasons)
The board adds that accepting that features of this type would have a limiting effect would require the assessment of insights an alleged infringer had when selecting component B and the amount thereof when judging on the infringement.  

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