Priority

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Priority is the preferential right of the person who is the first to file a patent application or the legal successor of such person to apply for patent protection for an invention. The filing date of the first patent application or registration application of a utility model is considered to be the date of priority.

If a patent application is filed with the Patent Office within twelve months by the same applicant for the same invention and priority is claimed, priority can be established on the basis of the filing date of the first patent application or registration application of a utility model on condition that the first patent application or registration application of a utility model has not been published. If examination of the first patent application is pending, the first patent application is deemed to be withdrawn [Patent Act §11].

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last modified 22.02.2017