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What inventions cannot be patented in Saudi Arabia?

Article 45 of the Saudi Arabian Patent Law states the following:

"In the application of provisions of this Law, the following shall not be regarded as inventions:

(a) Discoveries, scientific theories and mathematical methods.

(b) Schemes, rules and methods of conducting commercial activities, exercising pure mental activities or playing a game.

(c) Plants, animals and processes - which are mostly biological - used for the production of plants or animals, with the exception of micro-organisms, non-biological and microbiology processes.

(d) Methods of surgical or therapeutic treatment of human or animal body and methods of diagnosis applied to human or animal bodies, with the exception of products used in any of these methods."

The exclusion also applies to computer programs and any other copyright work.

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