Kindly could you please help me clarify my doubts on patents?
If an invention has novelty and industrial application but not quite non-obvious, how can such inventions be protected?
If an invention has novelty and industrial application but is not considered to have an inventive step (not an improvement to existing art).
Are "Utility patents" inventions that satisfy the 3 criteria of novelty, non-obviousness, and industrial application? If not,is an Utility patent a patent for inventions that only satisfy 2 of the criteria?