Absolute novelty definition

What does Absolute novelty mean?

Absolute novelty, in patent law, means that an invention is new if it has not been used or published anywhere in the world.

This is the standard of novelty used in the United Kingdom and under the European Patent Convention. A patent will only be granted where, amongst other things, a patent is novel.

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Absolute novelty is referenced 1 in Halsbury's Laws of England

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