How to Amend PCT Application

Does Your PCT Application Require Any Amendments? Before delving into the complexities of filing amendments to a PCT application, the initial question to consider is whether an amendment is even necessary. For example, if you have a co-pending US application with claims that received a first action allowance, then PCT amendments might be unnecessary. Here […]

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US National Stage Entry Based on PCT Application: What to Know

US National Stage Application: The Basics Let’s begin with the basics of filing a national stage application in the US based on an international PCT application. When is the US National Stage Deadline? The deadline to enter the US national phase is 30 months from the priority date. If the deadline has already passed, it […]

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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 Burundi Cape Verde East Timor […]

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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?

National stage entry cost estimates Entering the national stage of a PCT application can require a significant outlay of cash, depending upon the countries desired. Innovation Capital Law Group offers flat rate cost estimates for initial filings of PCT national stage entry in the most common PCT member countries. Factors affecting national phase costs PCT national […]

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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 international patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and designate multiple member PCT countries for coverage. Keep in mind that a PCT application merely […]

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