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Corresponding applications

9.39 According to Section 2(1), corresponding applications are those which are filed or treated as filed in one of the prescribed offices and:

  • The Singapore application claims priority from the corresponding application under Section 17; or
  • The corresponding application claims priority from the Singapore application; or
  • The corresponding application and the Singapore application (under Section 17) share at least one priority document in common that forms the basis for a priority claim in both applications.

9.40 If one of these conditions is met the final results of a search and examination in the prescribed office may be used as the basis for supplementary examination.

9.41 In its simplest form, a corresponding application refers to the following 3 scenarios (1)(a)-(1)(c) (refer to Diagrams in Section 9J of these Guidelines):

  • (1)(a): The Singapore application validly claims priority under Section 17 (also under Paris Convention) from the prescribed office application being used as the basis for the supplementary examination request. [See Diagram 1]
  • (1)(b): The prescribed office application being used as the basis for the supplementary examination request validly claims priority under Paris Convention from the Singapore application. [See Diagram 2]
  • (1)(c): The Singapore application validly claims priority under Section 17 from an earlier application filed in a Convention country and the prescribed office application being used as the basis for the supplementary examination request also validly claims priority under Paris Convention or validly claims domestic priority from said earlier Convention country application. In other words, the Singapore application and the prescribed office application share at least one priority document in common that forms the basis for a priority claim in both applications. [See Diagram 3]