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Conversion from Patent Application

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Conversion from Patent Application
Is it possible to convert a patent application to a utility model application?
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Yes.
A patent application may be converted to a utility model application and vice versa.
An applicant for a patent may convert his/her application (excluding those that are filed based on a utility model registration) into an application for a utility model registration; except after a lapse of (i) 30 days from the examiner’s decision for rejection; or (ii) nine years and six months from the filing date of the patent application.
As for a patent application converted from a utility model application or filed based on a utility model registration, see Q27 of Patent Q&A.

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