What is the Paris Convention?
The phrases “direct filing” and “Paris Convention filing” are synonymous with each other; the process of applying for patent protection under the Paris Convention is commonly referred to as direct filing. Patent applicants who file their application under this treaty are granted the same intellectual property rights in each member country that they would receive in their home country.
As depicted in the below diagram, a patent applicant has exactly 12 months from their priority date to file directly into the foreign countries that they seek protection in. Keep in mind that no extensions can be given after the 12-month due date as it is a hard deadline.
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Next: In Part 3 of this series, we’ll compare the processes of PCT national stage entry and direct (Paris Convention) filing.