What is a Preliminary Amendment?

What is a Preliminary Amendment? A Preliminary Amendment is a submission filed prior to the issuance of an Office Action in a patent application. The purpose of the Preliminary Amendment is to revise any of the following: specification, abstract, drawings and/or claims. What circumstances warrant a Preliminary Amendment? In a typical US national stage application, […]

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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 are the foreign filing deadlines for patent applications?

For design patent applications, the foreign filing deadline is 6 months from the priority date. For utility patent applications, the foreign filing deadline is 1 year from the priority date.  A PCT application extends the foreign filing deadline by an additional 18 months for a total of 30 months from the priority date.  Of course, any patent […]

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