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PATENTS ACT 1990 - SECT 142

Lapsing of applications

             (1)  A provisional application for a patent lapses at the end of the period prescribed for the purpose of section 38 or, if that period is extended, at the end of the period as so extended.

             (2)  A complete application for a standard patent lapses if:

                     (a)  the applicant does not ask for an examination of the patent request and complete specification within the relevant period prescribed for the purposes of subsection 44(1), (2) or (3), as the case requires; or

                     (d)  the applicant does not pay a continuation fee for the application within the period prescribed for the purposes of this paragraph; or

                     (e)  the patent request and complete specification are not accepted within the period prescribed for the purposes of this paragraph; or

                      (f)  if the application is a PCT application--prescribed circumstances apply to the application.

             (3)  A complete application for a standard patent lapses if the applicant does not comply with a direction of the Commissioner under section 107 within the time allowed by the Commissioner under that section.



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