What does the so called Mailbox provision signify?

Paragraph 70.8 of the TRIPS Agreement provides that a country had to accept the filing of patent applications as regards pharmaceuticals and agricultural chemical products from the inception of the transition period despite the fact that the decision on whether or not to grant any patent may be deferred until the end of the period. Paragraph 65.5 expressly provides that within the transition period the relevant country shall enact the requisite legislation in line with the provisions as contained in the TRIPS Agreement to the effect of avoiding any inconsistency.

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