Inventions of new products or processes which involve an inventive step and are susceptible of industrial application shall be patentable.

An invention shall be considered new if it does not form part of the state of the art.

State of the art shall be held to comprise the sum of technical knowledge made available to the public prior to the date of filing of the patent application or, where applicable, the recognized priority, by means of an oral or written description, by use, or by any other method of dissemination or information, in Uruguay or abroad, in such a way that the invention can be made.