An invention shall be new if it does not form part of the state of the art, whereby the state of the art shall comprise everything made available to the public, at any place or at any time, by means of a written or oral description, by use or in any other way, before the date of filing of the patent application or the date of any priority validly claimed for the invention.

Novelty shall not be destroyed by disclosure of the invention at an officially recognized exhibition either on the national territory or in the member countries of the Paris Convention, within the six months preceding filing of a patent application or a validly claimed priority date for the invention, subject to production of a recognized certificate attesting to participation of the inventor or his successors in title at such exhibition during which the public could obtain knowledge of the object incorporating the patentable invention.