314. Internal effect of an application for a European patent (UK).

An application for a European patent (UK) having a date of filing under the European Patent Convention1 is treated as an application for a patent under the Patents Act 1977, having that date as its date of filing, for the following purposes2:

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    (1)     co-pending applications which may comprise part of the state of the art for the purposes of novelty3;

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    (2)     establishing priority4;

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    (3)     inventors' certificates5;

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    (4)     transactions in applications for patents6;

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    (5)     registration7;

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    (6)     co-ownership of applications8;

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    (7)     Crown use9;

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    (8)     unjustified threats of infringement proceedings10;

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    (9)     infringement of rights conferred by publication11;

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    (10)     putting validity in issue12;