Timing is everything when it comes to filing a patent application. Too early and your application may lack the essential evidence to support your invention. Too late and the competition may beat you to it. What follows is a discussion on the problems that may arise if suitable evidence is not included in your patent application, and how those problems may prevent grant of a patent. Part 2 of this guidance note examines the effect of plausibility on the inventiveness of a patent application.

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