340. Initiation of application; date of filing.

The date of filing an application for a patent1 is to be taken to be the earliest date on which documents filed at the UK Intellectual Property Office2 to initiate the application satisfy the following conditions3:


    (1)     the documents indicate that a patent is sought4;


    (2)     the documents identify the person applying for a patent or contain information sufficient to enable that person to be contacted by the UK Intellectual Property Office5; and


    (3)     the documents contain either: (a) something which is or appears to be a description of the invention for which a patent is sought6; or (b)