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Q: Addition invention & Substitution invention

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: Under intellectual property law, "Addition invention" and "Substitution invention" are two types of inventions based on the concept of improvement or modification to existing inventions:

1. Addition Invention: An addition invention refers to an improvement or an additional element added to an existing invention, which enhances its functionality or utility. This type of invention builds upon an existing technology or product to introduce new features, capabilities, or applications.

2. Substitution Invention: A substitution invention involves replacing or substituting a component or element of an existing invention with a new and improved alternative. The substitution aims to provide better performance, efficiency, or other advantages over the original invention.

Both addition and substitution inventions are forms of incremental innovation that contribute to the development of technology and products by building on previous inventions, making them more effective or suitable for specific purposes. These inventions may also be eligible for protection under intellectual property rights, such as patents, if they meet the relevant criteria for novelty, non-obviousness, and usefulness.

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