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How fast should a patent be filed?

How soon should the inventor of a patentable technology file an application, especially in cases when new invention becomes known to the general public?

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Dominic Alfred

IP and Technology Lawyer, Alfred Law

A patent is issued to the first applicant to file a patent application with an enabling description that fully supports the claimed invention.

Canada has a 12-month grace period for prior public disclosures derived from the inventors, based on the Canadian filing date. The 12-month grace period provides the opportunity to file a patent application in Canada within 12 months of the applicant disclosing the invention to the public. The Canadian filing date of a PCT application that enters the national phase in Canada is deemed to be the "international filing date".

Answered: 7 months ago