What is the International Convention, also called the Paris Treaty?

Many countries are members of the International Convention, also called the Paris Treaty.

These countries allow inventor(s) to claim “foreign priority” based on the filing date of the first filed patent application in a member country, provided a patent application is filed in the member country within one year of such first filed patent application (within 6 months for design patent applications).

The United States is a member of the Paris Treaty so as to grant such priority based on a foreign patent application.

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