What is DIVISIONAL PATENT APPLICATION? What does DIVISIONAL PATENT APPLICATION mean?

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What is DIVISIONAL PATENT APPLICATION? What does DIVISIONAL PATENT APPLICATION mean? DIVISIONAL PATENT APPLICATION meaning - DIVISIONAL PATENT APPLICATION definition - DIVISIONAL PATENT APPLICATION explanation.

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A divisional patent application (sometimes referred to as a divisional application or simply a divisional) is a type of patent application which contains matter from a previously filed application (the so-called parent application). Whilst a divisional application is filed later than the parent application, it may retain its parent's filing date, and will generally claim the same priority.

Divisional applications are generally used in cases where the parent application may lack unity of invention; that is, the parent application describes more than one invention and the a...

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