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Are psychological treatment methods considered medical treatment methods?


Are psychological treatment methods considered a type of medical treatment method?  That is, can I obtain a patent if I claim a psychological treatment method to improve mental health (which would be a type of medical treatment), which is new and non-obvious, and which could be materialized through a mobile phone application and a website?

Can I include in the patent claims for medical treatment methods and also other claims for general use of the invention (not as a medical treatment method), such as entertainment or education?

Many thanks!

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That is tough.  Generally methods of treating humans without a technology component or device would be hard to get approved.  The patent office may consider them to be "abstract" and therefore not patentable.   Even if you would put them on a standard website or app that may not be enough to get it passed this abstract filter.
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