What Chinese PCT Applicants Should Know About US National Stage Entry

How to enter US national phase Chinese PCT applicants entering the US national stage should understand a few important rules enforced by the USPTO. Deadlines The US has a 30-month national stage deadline. Late national stage entry is possible by filing a petition for revival containing the requisite unintentional delay statement with a petition fee […]

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What US Applicants Need to Know about PCT Foreign National Stage Entry

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 […]

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US National Stage: Common Mistakes to Avoid

Avoiding Pitfalls When Entering the US National Stage This is a brief list of common mistakes associated with filing US national stage applications. Prior to entering the US national phase, PCT applicants may want to address these issues if possible to avoid further delay and costs. Title The following words should be avoided altogether in […]

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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 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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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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How to get international utility patents

When Must a Foreign/International Patent Application be Filed? For utility patent applications, the foreign filing deadline is one year from the priority date. For most US applicants, the priority date is the filing date of the earliest US application, which may be either a provisional or nonprovisional application. What Are My Foreign Filing Options? To […]

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