General Requirements

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A Convention application may be made for a standard patent or an innovation patent.  To obtain the benefits of the Convention, an application must comply with the requirements of the Act, as outlined in the following parts of this chapter.  

Matters particularly relevant to Convention applications include:

  • the application must be made within the prescribed time, however if the last day for filing a Convention application is a day on which the Office is not open for business, filing on the day the Office re-opens for business complies with this requirement;

  • the patent request must identify the basic application by number, date and country of origin;

  • the basic application must have been made in a Convention country; and

  • the specification accompanying the application must be a complete specification.