3.5
AbandonmentWithdrawal of priority claim

An applicant Applicants may voluntarily abandon withdraw a claimed priority at any time. If he does they do so before the technical preparations for publication have been completed, then the priority date is not effective and the publication is deferred until 18 months after the filing date. If it is abandoned withdrawn after the technical preparations for publication have been completed, then the application is still published 18 months after the priority date originally claimed (see A‑VI, 1.1, and G‑IV, 5.1.1).

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