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If an application is made in one of member states of Paris convention, then it is entitled to 12-month priority in member states. But what if applicant didn't pay the filing fee to the receiving office (e.g. in this particular cas it's EPO) on time and application was deemed withdrawn (however, it was technically made)? Or if it was refused for some other reason?

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  • Not an answer but the words of Article 4 - "Any person who has duly filed an application for a patent . . . Any filing that is equivalent to a regular national filing . . . (3) By a regular national filing is meant any filing that is adequate to establish the date on which the application was filed in the country concerned, whatever may be the subsequent fate of the application . . . " – George White Dec 10 '20 at 2:40

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