How to patent in Europe (EPO)

What is the EPO? EPO stands for European Patent Office/Organisation. It is one of the few patent offices in the world where an applicant can file a single application and designate multiple countries. This gives the applicant a more cost-effective way to prosecute a pending application without having to first decide which European countries to […]

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Which countries are not PCT members?

Since the PCT does not cover every country, applicants interested in foreign patent protection must keep in mind the non-extended 12-month deadline and individual filing requirement for the following non-PCT countries. As of the date of this post, the list of non-member countries include: Afghanistan Andorra Argentina Bahamas Bangladesh Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia Brunei Burundi Cape Verde East […]

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What are the PCT deadlines for a Chapter II Demand and Article 19 and 34 Amendments?

Preliminary Review of Claims in PCT Application Every PCT application automatically receives a prior art search and a written opinion on the invention’s novelty, inventive step (non-obviousness) and industrial applicability. The International Search Report (ISR) and Written Opinion (WO) are typically established 16 months from the priority date (or 9 months from the PCT application filing […]

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Where can I find flat fee estimates for PCT national phase entries?

Innovation Capital Law Group offers flat rate cost estimates for initial filings of PCT national stage entry in the most common PCT member countries. PCT national phase filing costs vary widely. Factors such as translation and excess claim fees can add thousands to the initial filing cost of a particular PCT country. The European Patent Office (EPO), […]

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What is an international PCT patent application?

What is a PCT application? PCT stands for Patent Cooperation Treaty, an internationally recognized system for initiating worldwide utility patent coverage with a single filing. Under the PCT, an applicant can file a single patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and designate multiple member PCT countries for coverage. Will a PCT application directly result in an issued […]

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