Priority applications – where should I file?

The priority year is a well-known and well-used feature of the patent system. In short, the priority year provides applicants with 12 months from the filing of an initial patent application, within which to file additional patent applications to the same invention in other countries or jurisdictions. This allows applicants to ‘plant a flag in the sand’ for their invention, while deferring the costs associated with multiple filings.

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