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Published on November 1, 2007

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Can I patent this? The invention process and its pitfalls:  Can I patent this? The invention process and its pitfalls Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? What is a Patent? Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? What is a Patent? Invention Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? What is a Patent? Invention Exceptions Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? What is a Patent? Invention Exceptions Getting a patent Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? What is a Patent? Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? What is a Patent? A Patent is a legal document conferring on its holder, for a fixed period,* the right to exclude all others from exploiting (e.g. making, selling, using, importing) the disclosed invention, save with the holder’s consent.† * Usually 20 years from filing date (Ireland, EPO). † See Irish Patents Act, 1992, Chapter VI; European Patent Convention Article 64 Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? What is a Patent? A Patent is a technical document, which “must disclose the invention in a manner sufficiently clear and complete for it to be carried out by a person skilled in the art.” (Irish) Patents Act, Section 19(1) Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Quid pro quo. For a full disclosure, the patentee gets a monopoly. Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Origins Letters patent - an open document from a sovereign or government conferring a right. Patent - ME f. OF patent and L. patere (lie open) Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? A bit of history... Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? A bit of history... 1421: Filippo Brunelleschi: a hoisting apparatus for loading & unloading marble blocks from ships. 7 year monopoly granted by City of Florence. Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? A bit of history... 1421: Filippo Brunelleschi: a hoisting apparatus for loading & unloading marble blocks from ships. 7 year monopoly granted by City of Florence. 1449: John of Utynam: method of staining glass. Flemish, granted 20 year monopoly on condition that he taught his art to English apprentices. Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? A bit of history... 1421: Filippo Brunelleschi: a hoisting apparatus for loading & unloading marble blocks from ships. 7 year monopoly granted by City of Florence. 1449: John of Utynam: method of staining glass. Flemish, granted 20 year monopoly on condition that he taught his art to English apprentices. 1474: City of Venice: prohibited unauthorised copying of inventions (10 year monopoly, infringers fined 100 ducats). Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? A bit of history... 1421: Filippo Brunelleschi: a hoisting apparatus for loading & unloading marble blocks from ships. 7 year monopoly granted by City of Florence. 1449: John of Utynam: method of staining glass. Flemish, granted 20 year monopoly on condition that he taught his art to English apprentices. 1474: City of Venice: prohibited unauthorised copying of inventions (10 year monopoly, infringers fined 100 ducats). 1624: Statute of Monopolies: 14 year monopoly to “first and true inventor”. Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Patentability An invention shall be patentable… if it is susceptible to industrial application, is new and involves an inventive step. IPA, S9(1) Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Patentability An invention shall be patentable… if it is susceptible to industrial application, is new and involves an inventive step. IPA, S9(1) New = novel Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Patentability An invention shall be patentable… if it is susceptible to industrial application, is new and involves an inventive step. IPA, S9(1) New = novel Inventive step = not obvious Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Patentability An invention shall be patentable… if it is susceptible to industrial application, is new and involves an inventive step. IPA S9(1) New = novel Inventive step = not obvious Susceptible to industrial application = technical in character Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Novelty Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Novelty An invention shall be considered new if it does not form part of the state of the art. IPA S11(1) Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Novelty An invention shall be considered new if it does not form part of the state of the art. IPA S11(1) State of the Art …[comprises] everything available to the public... by means of an oral or written description, by use, or in any other way, before the date of filing of the patent application. IPA S11(2) Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Prejudicial disclosure Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Prejudicial disclosure Previous patents/applications* * But NOT EPC Applications already filed, prior to publication, designating different contracting states Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Prejudicial disclosure Previous patents/applications* Scientific publications * But NOT EPC Applications already filed, prior to publication, designating different contracting states Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Prejudicial disclosure Previous patents/applications* Scientific publications Newspaper articles * But NOT EPC Applications already filed, prior to publication, designating different contracting states Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Prejudicial disclosure Previous patents/applications* Scientific publications Newspaper articles Public demonstrations† * But NOT EPC Applications already filed, prior to publication, designating different contracting states † But NOT Official Exhibitions recognised by Paris Convention (<6 months before filing) Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Prejudicial disclosure Previous patents/applications* Scientific publications Newspaper articles Public demonstrations† Sale/distribution of embodiments * But NOT EPC Applications already filed, prior to publication, designating different contracting states † But NOT Official Exhibitions recognised by Paris Convention (<6 months before filing) Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Prejudicial disclosure Previous patents/applications* Scientific publications Newspaper articles Public demonstrations† Sale/distribution of embodiments Conversation! * But NOT EPC Applications already filed, prior to publication, designating different contracting states † But NOT Official Exhibitions recognised by Paris Convention (<6 months before filing) Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Prejudicial disclosure Previous patents/applications* Scientific publications Newspaper articles Public demonstrations† Sale/distribution of embodiments Conversation! * But NOT EPC Applications already filed, prior to publication, designating different contracting states † But NOT Official Exhibitions recognised by Paris Convention (<6 months before filing) Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Inventive step Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Inventive step An invention shall be considered as involving an inventive step if, having regard to the state of the art, it is not obvious to a person skilled in the art. IPA S13 Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Inventive step An invention shall be considered as involving an inventive step if, having regard to the state of the art, it is not obvious to a person skilled in the art. IPA S13 Skilled person A hypothetical individual, fully versed in state of the art in the relevant field of technology at date of filing, but unimaginative. Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Lack of invention Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Lack of invention Application of known measures e.g. elastic vs. sprung component Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Lack of invention Application of known measures e.g. elastic vs. sprung component Obvious combinations of features sausage machine = known mincer + known filler Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Lack of invention Application of known measures e.g. elastic vs. sprung component Obvious combinations of features sausage machine = known mincer + known filler Obvious selection temp/pressure criteria arrived at by routine trial and error light bulb toothbrush Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Industrial susceptibility (applicability) Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Industrial susceptibility (applicability) An invention shall be considered as susceptible of industrial application if it can be made or used in any kind of industry, including agriculture. IPA S14 Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Industrial susceptibility (applicability) An invention shall be considered as susceptible of industrial application if it can be made or used in any kind of industry, including agriculture. IPA S14 Industry Any activity of “technical character”. Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Industrial susceptibility (applicability) An invention shall be considered as susceptible of industrial application if it can be made or used in any kind of industry, including agriculture. IPA S14 Industry Any activity of “technical character”. Feasibility requirement, excludes inventions operating contrary to established physical laws e.g. perpetual motion/time travel machines Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Exceptions to patentability Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Exceptions to patentability Scientific theories; mathematical methods/equations Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Exceptions to patentability Scientific theories; mathematical methods/equations Aesthetic creations (works of art) Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Exceptions to patentability Scientific theories; mathematical methods/equations Aesthetic creations (works of art) Methods Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Exceptions to patentability Scientific theories; mathematical methods/equations Aesthetic creations (works of art) Methods playing games (rules) Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Exceptions to patentability Scientific theories; mathematical methods/equations Aesthetic creations (works of art) Methods playing games (rules) performing mental acts Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Exceptions to patentability Scientific theories; mathematical methods/equations Aesthetic creations (works of art) Methods playing games (rules) performing mental acts doing business Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Exceptions to patentability Scientific theories; mathematical methods/equations Aesthetic creations (works of art) Methods playing games (rules) performing mental acts doing business Presentation of information Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Exceptions to patentability Scientific theories; mathematical equations/methods Aesthetic creations (works of art) Methods playing games (rules) performing mental acts doing business Presentation of information Computer programs, per se Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Exceptions to patentability Medical treatments/therapies/diagnostic methods Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Exceptions to patentability Medical treatments/therapies/diagnostic methods Specific animal/plant varieties (UPOV) Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Exceptions to patentability Medical treatments/therapies/diagnostic methods Specific animal/plant varieties (UPOV) Inventions contrary to public order/morality Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent Where? Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent Where is my market? Does my product have universal or local appeal? How much protection do I need? Do the potential costs justify the protection sought? How sure am I that I’m the first to have done this? Priority Esp@cenet Costs Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent Where? National ((Irish) Patents Office) Patents for Ireland Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent National Route National ((Irish) Patents Office) Patents for Ireland only Irish PO allows for 2 patent types Full Term Short Term Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent National Route Full Term 20 year validity Must be supported by search or evidence of novelty Enforceable at grant Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent National Route Full Term 20 year validity Must be supported by search or evidence of novelty Enforceable at grant Short Term 10 year validity No proof of novelty required prior to grant May not be enforced post-grant without proof of novelty Reduced fees Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent Where? European Patent Office (EPO) European Patent Convention (EPC) 32 Member States (EU27 + CH, LI, MC, TR, IS) 1 Application covers any or all (nominated) contracting states Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? EPC Members EPC Extension EAPO Members Other PCT Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent European Route Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent European Route Application at EPO or any designated Member State National Office Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent European Route Application at EPO or any designated Member State National Office Procedure to grant managed solely by EPO Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent European Route Application at EPO or any designated Member State National Office Procedure to grant managed solely by EPO Upon grant, patent is “unbundled” i.e. becomes a national patent in every designated state. Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent European Route Application at EPO or any designated Member State National Office Procedure to grant managed solely by EPO Upon grant, patent is “unbundled” i.e. becomes a national patent in every designated state. Further maintenance done separately at each relevant national office Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent Where? World Intellectual Property Organisation Patent Co-operation Treaty (PCT) 136 Signatory States (as of 01 February 2007) Allows Search Report acceptable in all designated signatory states Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? PCT Signatory States – 136 @ 01 February 2007 Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? World Regional Patent Offices EPO & Extension States ARIPO African Regional Industrial Property Organisation EAPO Eurasian Patent Office OAPI Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle Other PCT States No extranational affiliation Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent PCT Route Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent PCT Route Application may be filed at IE, EP or WIPO Offices Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent PCT Route Application may be filed at IE, EP or WIPO Offices May designate any Member State or Region Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent PCT Route Application may be filed at IE, EP or WIPO Offices May designate any Member State or Region Must nominate Search Authority (EP, WIPO) Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent PCT Route Application may be filed at IE, EP or WIPO Offices May designate any Member State or Region Must nominate Search Authority (EP, WIPO) PCT provides search report valid in every designated State and/or Region Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent PCT Route Application may be filed at IE, EP or WIPO Offices May designate any Member State or Region Must nominate Search Authority (EP, WIPO) PCT provides search report valid in every designated State and/or Region IE cannot be directly designated for PCT Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent PCT Route Application may be filed at IE, EP or WIPO Offices May designate any Member State or Region Must nominate Search Authority (EP, WIPO) PCT provides search report valid in every designated State and/or Region IE cannot be directly designated for PCT Must nominate EPO; resulting EP patent may carry IE designation End Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent Recap Three routes to Patent valid in Ireland IE national application (Short or Full Term) EPO Application designating Ireland PCT application designating EPO Region (including IE) Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent IE National Procedure Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent IE National Procedure Application Specification Title (relevant to invention) Description (of the invention) Claims (legal definition of scope of invention) Abstract (for search purposes) Application Form Fees… Skip claims Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent IE National Procedure Claims Define legal scope of invention Description assists in interpretation of claims Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent IE National Procedure Bad Claims “A folding ladder for accessing attic spaces.” Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent IE National Procedure Bad Claims “A folding ladder for accessing attic spaces.” “A medicament for treating acne.” Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent IE National Procedure Bad Claims “A folding ladder for accessing attic spaces.” “A medicament for treating acne.” “A method for reducing petrol consumption in a vehicle characterised in that the vehicle operates at a reduced cost to the user.” Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent IE National Procedure Bad Claims “A folding ladder for accessing attic spaces.” “A medicament for treating acne.” “A method for reducing petrol consumption in a vehicle characterised in that the vehicle operates at a reduced cost to the user.” “The user will immediately see the benefits of my invention.” Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent IE National Procedure Good Claims Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent IE National Procedure Good Claims Define legal scope of invention Description assists in interpretation of claims Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent IE National Procedure Good Claims Define legal scope of invention Description assists in interpretation of claims Each claim must characterise an invention by its technical features Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent IE National Procedure Good Claims Define legal scope of invention Description assists in interpretation of claims Each claim must characterise an invention by its technical features Each claim must describe a complete embodiment Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? 1. A bale wrapping apparatus comprising a wrapping table for supporting and rotating square bales, and a wrapping film dispenser, characterised in that the wrapping table comprises:    a table frame;   laterally spaced-apart rollers, with at least one belt wound to provide a flexible bale- supporting platform between the rollers;   a drive means for rotating the rollers for rotating the rollers so that they in turn rotate the belt(s) to provide a moving platform;   a roller support means which allows each roller to move laterally, so that the belt accommodates orientation of a bale in use.   2. A bale wrapping apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the apparatus further comprises a curved bale-dispensing plate, pivotally connected to the frame, for dispensing a wrapped bale to the ground. Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? 1. A process for treating waste material comprising;   mixing the waste material with an additive for causing an exothermic reaction in the mixture and for raising the pH of the mixture,   aerating and reducing the particle size of the mixture, and   dehydrating the mixture.   2. A process as claimed in claim 1 in which the additive for causing the exothermic reaction in the mixture and for raising the pH of the mixture is selected from a group comprising lime, quicklime, dolomitic lime, cement kiln dust and lime kiln dust. Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent Technical check for publication Eligibility Unity Classification Abstract Formal presentation Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent Proof of Novelty Search Report (Section 29) Focus on published patent documents and NPL Evidence (Section 30) EPO Search Report or Granted Specification* UK Search Report or Granted Specification DE Search Report or Granted Specification PCT Search Report * Either EP originating or from 3rd Party State using EP as Search Authority Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent Proof of Novelty Search Report (Section 29) Focus on published patent documents and NPL Evidence (Section 30) EPO Search Report or Granted Specification* UK Search Report or Granted Specification DE Search Report or Granted Specification PCT Search Report Amendments (if required…) * Either EP originating or from 3rd Party State using EP as Search Authority Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent Examination for Grant Allowability of claims Scope Unity Reclassification Formal presentation Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent Amendments Pre-grant (Section 32) Post-grant (Section 38) Scope vs. original filing Revocations Decisions (revocation, partial revocation, upholding) Infringement Hearings Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent Short Term Patents As Technical check for Full-term, plus ‘Deemed Void’ Inventive Step Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent Short Term Patents As Technical check for Full-term, plus ‘Deemed Void’ Inventive Step No prior requirement to establish novelty. Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs) For Medicinal or Plant Protection products Compensates Patentee for gap between Patent filing and Market Authorisation  5 years extra patent protection for specific products Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? In summary Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? In summary Quid pro quo - Monopoly in return for disclosure Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? In summary Quid pro quo - Monopoly in return for disclosure Inventions must be New (go beyond state of the art) Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? In summary Quid pro quo - Monopoly in return for disclosure Inventions must be New (go beyond state of the art) Inventive (non-obvious) Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? In summary Quid pro quo - Monopoly in return for disclosure Inventions must be New (go beyond state of the art) Inventive (non-obvious) Industrially applicable (technical and useful) Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? In summary Quid pro quo - Monopoly in return for disclosure Inventions must be New (go beyond state of the art) Inventive (non-obvious) Industrially applicable (technical and useful) Three routes to an Irish Patent Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Questions??? Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Special matters Computer programs Business methods Biotechnology issues Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Special matters - Computer programs Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Special matters - Computer programs Computer programs per se not patentable Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Special matters - Computer programs Computer programs per se not patentable Technical character/technical effect Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Special matters - Computer programs Computer programs per se not patentable Technical character/technical effect What is decisive is the technical contribution of the invention Does the software solve a technical problem? Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Special matters - Computer programs Computer programs per se not patentable Technical character/technical effect What is decisive is the technical contribution of the invention Does the software solve a technical problem? Key decisions Vicom T208/84 (digital image enhancement, efficient algorithm) IBM T935/97 (overlay of computer windows, data visibility) Koch & Sterzel T26/86 (X-Ray apparatus, calculation of optimum exposure parameters) Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Special matters - Business Methods Business methods per se not patentable Technical character/technical effect What is decisive is the technical contribution of the invention Does the invention solve a technical problem? Key decision Sohei, T769/92 (Business management software, data management) Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Special matters - EU Biotechnology directive (98/44/EC) Ethical considerations Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Special matters - EU Biotechnology directive (98/44/EC) Ethical considerations “The human body, at the various stages of its formation and development, and the simple discovery of one of its elements, including the sequence or partial sequence of a gene, shall not be patentable.” Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Special matters - EU Biotechnology directive (98/44/EC) Ethical considerations “The human body, at the various stages of its formation and development, and the simple discovery of one of its elements, including the sequence or partial sequence of a gene, shall not be patentable.” processes for cloning human beings, modifying the germ line genetic identity of human beings, modifying the genetic identity of animals which is likely to cause them suffering without any substantial medical benefit to man or animal, and animals resulting from such a process. Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Special matters - EU Biotechnology directive (98/44/EC) Ethical considerations “The human body, at the various stages of its formation and development, and the simple discovery of one of its elements, including the sequence or partial sequence of a gene, shall not be patentable.” processes for cloning human beings, modifying the germ line genetic identity of human beings, modifying the genetic identity of animals which is likely to cause them suffering without any substantial medical benefit to man or animal, and animals resulting from such a process. the use of human embryos for industrial or commercial purposes. Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent What type? Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent National Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent Full term 20 years €125 Application Fee Search Report (€361) / Evidence of Novelty (€86) Grant fee €64 Renewal 3rd year €60 10th year €220 20th year €468 Average €257.11 National Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent Full term 20 years €125 Application Fee Search Report (€361) / Evidence of Novelty (€86) Grant fee €64 Renewal 3rd year €60 10th year €220 20th year €468 Average €257.11 National Short term 10 years €60 Application Fee No Evidence required No more than 5 Claims Grant fee €30 Renewal 3rd year €30 10th year €110 Average €116.38 Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent European Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent European 20 years Application €125 (+ Designation €75 per ctry) Search €690 / Examination €1430 Grant €715* Renewal 3rd year €380 10th year €1020 * Patent then reverts to national patent in each designated country European Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent European 20 years Application €125 (+ Designation €75 per ctry) Search €690 / Examination €1430 Grant €715* Renewal 3rd year €380 10th year €1020 * Patent then reverts to national patent in each designated country European Average cost of a European patent €30530† EPO processing €4400 Representations @ EPO €9630 Validation €6650 National Renewals €10900 † based on 6 states/10 year term, average for 2002/2003 Source: EPO Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent PCT Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent PCT 20 years Transmittal €76 Basic fee €902 (Designation €10) Search Fee (€1550) / Preliminary Exam (€1530 + €129 handling) * Patent then reverts to national patent in each designated country PCT Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Getting a patent PCT 20 years Transmittal €76 Basic fee €902 (Designation €10) Search Fee (€1550) / Preliminary Exam (€1530 + €129 handling) * Patent then reverts to national patent in each designated country. PCT Note: A PCT cannot be used directly for obtaining a national patent in Ireland PCT valid for European patent designating Ireland Return Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Esp@cenet (http://ep.espacenet.com) Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Esp@cenet (http://ep.espacenet.com) EPO-supported on-line patent database Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Esp@cenet (http://ep.espacenet.com) EPO-supported on-line patent database Allows searching of over 30 million patent documents Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Esp@cenet (http://ep.espacenet.com) EPO-supported on-line patent database Allows searching of over 30 million patent documents Search by Keyword (title and/or abstract) Technical field Biographical data (applicant, doc. no., inventor, &c) Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Esp@cenet (http://ep.espacenet.com) EPO-supported on-line patent database Allows searching of over 30 million patent documents Search by Keyword (title and/or abstract) Technical field Biographical data (applicant, doc. no., inventor, &c) Can view scanned originals or read text. Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Priority Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Priority First filing (e.g. at IE office) Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Priority First filing (e.g. at IE office) 12 months period Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? Priority First filing (e.g. at IE office) 12 months period Subsequent filing (e.g. at EPO) gets priority date of 1st filing Can I patent this?:  Can I patent this? 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