Patent Law no. 58 of 1971
Part One: Preliminary Provisions
Chapter One: Title and Definitions
1. Title: This Act may be cited as “The Patents Act, 1971.”
2. Definitions: In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires:
(a) “The Court” means the High Court;
(b) “Minister” means the Attorney General;
(c) “patent Office” means the Office that the Minister shall establish to
perform the functions assigned to it under this Act.
Chapter Two: Terms of Patentability
3. Patentable Inventions:
(1) Any invention which is new, involves an inventive step and is capable
of industrial application shall be patentable.
(2) Any invention constituting an improvement upon a patented invention
shall be patentable if it is new, involves an inventive step and is capable of
(3) Principles and discoveries of a scientific nature shall not be considered
to be inventions.
(1) An invention is new if it is not anticipated by prior art, prior art being
constituted by everything disclosed to the public, anywhere and at any
time whatsoever, by means of a written or oral disclosure, by use, or in