In this case the Court confirmed that an invention can be patentable only if it affects matter by its industrial application. A patentable invention must involve a material creation of a new construction, composition or a new manner of technical influence on matter. In the category of ‘devices’, internal structure of a device is determined by the mutual position and connection of its parts and subparts forming together an integral whole, which can be used to achieve the planned purpose of the invention. The Court held that an instruction concerning technical procedure, even if it is precise, can not be the subject of an invention in the category ‘devices’.

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