The filing date is the date when a patent application is first filed at a patent office.
A provisional application establishes the applicant’s intention to pursue a full patent application. It is also the inclusion of a form of intellectual property (copyright, patent, trademark, industrial design, etc.) in the official register for that office, in accordance with applicable acts.
Small entities are defined as businesses employing 50 or fewer employees and universities.
In Canada and in most other countries, the first person to file has priority over other people claiming rights for the same invention.
Industrial designs are the visual features of shape, configuration, pattern or ornament, or any combination of these features, applied to a finished article.
For example, the shape of a table or the shape and decoration of a spoon may be industrial designs.