103 Patent date


Every patent must be given a patent date that is—


the filing date of the relevant complete specification; or


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




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


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


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)