A European patent confers on the proprietor from the date of publication of the mention of its grant, in each contracting state in respect of which it is granted, the same rights as would be conferred by a national patent granted in that state1. Any infringement of a European patent is dealt with by national law2. An application for a European patent which has been accorded a date of filing3 is in each designated state4 equivalent to a regular national filing where appropriate with the priority claimed for the European patent application5. A European patent application confers on the
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