First to File [Patent] Law and Legal Definition

In the European patent system, the patent is awarded to the first person to file an application on a particular invention. The system does not consider the fact of who was the first to invent the said invention. The applicant who is the first to file an application for an invention will be awarded the patent over all others. Therefore, the person who first invented it shall not be the owner of the patent. This is the present law followed in all countries other than the USA and the Philippines.