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Invention as a whole

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The invention as a whole is a term sometimes used to differentiate between an innovation and the product/invention into which this innovation is incorporated.

This term can be found in European Patent Office documents and in court rulings in the USA such as the "Considered as a Whole" doctrine of Diamond v. Diehr.[1]

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If the law requires that patent applications be technical, and if software doesn't fit the definition of technical, then does adding a computer make the invention as a whole technical?

Does an innovative film plot become patentable by mentioning the presence of a film camera?[1]

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