China PCT application entering US national phase Chinese PCT applicants entering the US national stage should understand a few important rules enforced by the USPTO. PCT applications originating from China are usually written in Mandarin which can create issues with the English translation. US National Stage Deadline The US has a 30-month national stage deadline. […]
How foreign national stage entries differ from US national stage Most foreign IP offices have a two-stage process for filing patent applications: Initial filing of application; Requesting examination. Unlike the USPTO, most foreign patent offices require a request for examination that is independent from the initial filing of the application. Depending upon the country, the […]
Yes, if the earliest filing date of the application is after September 16, 2012 (post patent reform/AIA). For a fuller discussion of patent applicant vs. assignee, see here.
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 international patent application with a qualified Receiving Office (such as the USPTO) and designate multiple member PCT countries for coverage. Keep in […]