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T905/09, European Patent Office (Appeals Court), 18 September 2012

An invention entailing a talking doll with the ability to send e-mails was held to be unpatentable. The Board of Appeal rejected applicant’s argument that the invention was in the technical field of stuffed animal toys or dolls. There was no contribution in that field because the claim features did not change the toy’s design at all. The alleged solution was held not to be inventive because the technical aspects of the claimed solution were commonly known from prior art.

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