Priority claim 
An international application may claim the priority of an earlier application. As a rule the priority document, i.e. a certified copy of the application from which priority is claimed, will be available to the EPO (see point 141). However, if this is not the case, the applicant is given an opportunity to file that document upon entry into the European phase (see points 621622 ff).
The EPO also recognises a priority claim from an application filed in or for any member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) that is not party to the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property (see points 130 ff).
A request for restoration of the right of priority may be filed with the EPO as designated/elected Office (see points 630631 ff).

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