What filing date will I be given when I file an international application?
For the allocation of a filing date to an international application, the Geneva (1999) Act makes a distinction between applications filed directly with the International Bureau by the applicant and those filed through IPOS. Generally, the filing dates are as follows: in the case of direct filing, the filing date is the date on which the International Bureau receives the international application; and in the case of indirect filing, it is the date on which IPOS receives the international application (provided that the application is received by the International Bureau within one month thereafter). Filing dates may however be affected by irregularities in filing such as the non-payment of fees or other irregularities in filing.
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