D06.5 Priority date - Converted Applications

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Under s.159, a transitional application can be treated as a converted application. The priority date of a design disclosed in a converted application is the same priority date as it had under the transitional application [s.160(3)]. Consequently the conditions for claiming (in particular) Convention Priority are those of the 1906 Act.

The significant differences from the requirements under the 2003 Act are:

  • The applicant must provide a copy of the basic application prior to registration – including a verified translation if the basic application is not in English.
  • The basic application must be certified "by the official chief or head" of the designs office of the Convention country (section 49 of the 1906 Act).