Synergism Law and Legal Definition

Synergism refers to a combination of known elements or functions that create a result which is greater than the sum of the individual elements or functions. Under patent law, synergism is very useful in proving nonobviousness of a product. It is a patentable device that produces a new or different function. It is also known as synergistic result.

In Newell Cos. v. Kenney Mfg. Co., 864 F.2d 757, 779 (Fed. Cir. 1988), it was held that the the rule that synergism is not a requirement for unobviousness of combination inventions.