The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) is an international treaty administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
The PCT assists applicants in seeking international patent protection for their inventions, helps patent offices with their patent granting decisions, and facilitates public access to a wealth of technical information relating to those inventions.
By filing one international patent application under the PCT, applicants can simultaneously seek protection for an invention in the 153 Contracting States through nationalization / National phase filing.
Why PCT is Important?
Allows Applicants more time to explore the commerciality of the invention.
Finds licensees for their foreign patent rights.
Lowers the prosecution costs.
Allows applicants to protect their invention in 153 countries.
Reduces the number of objections to be addressed before individual patent offices later.
Prevents national filing costs.
Check if your country of choice is one of the 153 contracting states of Patent cooperation treaty
1. Direct Filing – Chose this if you want to file your invention at the patent office of a country without filing any corresponding application
2. Conventional Filing – Chose this if you want to take priority from an already filed application in a convention country
3. PCT filing – Chose this if you are seeking patent protection internationally for your invention
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Things to remember while choosing your partner for PCT national phase filing
All rules/law/ forms should be duly considered before filing so you don’t end up burning your pocket due to any late payment charges.
Guaranteed quick turnaround so you do not miss the deadline.
Accurate docketing, timely actions to ensure that your invention stays protected and there are no fine/late payment charges
End-to-End Packages to avoid any surprise billing (Fixed Cost from Filing till Decision)
Cost effective solution to secure your filing date for multiple countries
Support beyond prosecution by Finding partners, investors, distributors, buyers, to monetize your invention.
Why choose Patent Translation experts (PTE) for your PCT nationalization / multi-country filing
PTE has seasoned professionals with years of experience in filing and nationalizing PCT applications with thorough understanding of patent laws of foreign jurisdictions.
PTE always keeps client’s interest first and is always frugal with client’s resources. Ethics is #1 priority for PTE and we will never misguide you. PTE ensures you pay bare minimum while filing a PCT application and also end up paying lesser while entering national phase in various countries.
PTE has unique understanding of global and industry wide IP best practices as it has supported 1,000+ clients from 45+ countries in multiple technology areas ranging from complex subject matters in life sciences/engineering/ICT to simple household inventions.
PTE ensures that you get timely correct recommendations (and partners, if needed) to expand your PCT in relevant jurisdictions. So, you do not miss an opportunity and also do not waste resources.
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What are the requirement while Filing a new international application under thePatent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)?
Electronic filing requirements:
The required page size for a PCT international application filed via EFS-Web in pdf format is A4. See PCT Rule 11.5.
All pdf documents submitted via EFS-Web must have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.
Additional documents must not be added to the PCT Easy zip file.
The first step of the procedure consists of filing an international (patent) application with a competent patent office, called a Receiving Office (RO). This application is called an international application or simply a PCT application. This application neither results in an international patent nor in a PCT patent, neither of which exists.
The PCT application needs to be filed in one language only, although a translation of the application may be required for the international search and the international publication, depending on the language of filing and the competent or chosen International Searching Authority.
At least one applicant (either a physical or legal person) must be a national or resident of a contracting state to the PCT; otherwise, no PCT filing date is accorded.
First opportunity to amend the claims & avoid claim rejections
Providing an opinion on Article 19 amendments, drafting the Article 19 claim amendments and filing Article 19 amendments.
Amending your claims on the basis of international search report (ISR) and written opinion.
The amended claims are highly likely to get positive International Preliminary Report on Patentability.
Also, amendment to claims will enable you to file amended claims in all member states at the time of filing national phase application.
Also Read - Article 34 Amendment
First opportunity to amend the specifications & avoid claim rejections.
Providing an opinion on Article 34 amendments, drafting the Article 34 amendments & arguments, filing Article 34 amendments along with demand.
Amending full patent specifications.
The amended specifications are highly likely to get positive International Preliminary Examination Report on Patentability.
Also, amendment to specifications will enable you to file amended application in all member states at the time of filing national phase application.
Looking for Multi-country protection of your invention?
Separate patent applications need to be filed in all the countries you want to protect your invention in. Filing patent applications in multiple countries enables you to protect your innovation in all those jurisdictions.
There are two ways of doing this:
1. PCT Route (Click here to know more)
2. Convention Route: This involves filing separate patent applications in different countries within a period of 12 months.
The key element in all of this is a robustly drafted patent application satisfying laws of the countries of interest and at the same time getting the scope of protection you want.
Using a single agency to take your patent application to multiple jurisdictions is beneficial as they will be best aware of the exact scope to protect and will help in getting uniform protection across the globe at optimized costs. It also ensures that you do not miss any deadlines and the co-ordination is easier.
Please check the list of 30/31 month deadline countries for patent filing through PCT with extension available
Synonyms: Convention patent filing, Paris convention, PCT, PCT route, Direct patent filing, Foreign patent filing, Foreign patent prosecution, Patent filing in foreign countries, International patent filings.
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