103 Patent date

(1)

Every patent must be given a patent date that is—

(a)

the filing date of the relevant complete specification; or

(b)

if the regulations provide for the determination of a different date as the patent date, the date determined under the regulations.

(2)

However,—

(a)

a patent is not in force for the purposes of this Act until it is granted; and

(b)

see section 81, which confers certain pre-grant rights, but only after the relevant complete specification becomes open to public inspection.

(3)

The patent date of every patent must be entered in the patents register.

Compare: 1953 No 64 s 30(1), (2); Patents Act 1990 s 65 (Aust)