Patents of invention can be obtained in Nicaragua for products or processes. Nicaraguan Law No. 354 of Patents of Invention, Utility Models and Industrial Design defines a product as any substance, composition or matter, including biological, apparatus, machine or other object, or part of them. A process is defined as any method, operation or set of operations or application or use of a product.
Notwithstanding the above, the Law sets limits on the subject matter that can be patented.
Article 6 of the Nicaraguan Patent Law lists the subject matter that does not constitute an invention as follows:
Article 7 of the Patent Law lists subject matter that does constitute an invention, but it is excluded from patentability for reasons of public interest:
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