What is the cost of a PCT patent application?

What factors affect the cost to file a PCT patent application? The cost of a PCT patent application will typically consist of attorney’s fees and government fees. PCT patent attorney’s fees which will vary widely between firms and the amount of work involved (e.g., whether the utility patent application needs to be drafted). PCT government […]

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Which International Search Authority should a PCT applicant choose?

What is an International Search Authority? An International Search Authority (ISA) is a patent office that you choose to search for prior art relevant to your PCT application. The ISA will provide an International Search Report (ISR) detailing the results of their prior art search, which typically includes a list of prior art references and […]

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How to choose patent foreign countries

Choosing patent foreign countries A US patent provides a patent owner with rights only in the US. That might be enough for patent owners who do not care about sales or manufacturing of infringing products done in foreign countries. But, what if you do care about infringing activity happening abroad? You will need to file […]

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What is a PCT prior art search report (written opinion)?

What is a PCT prior art search report? Patent examiners review PCT applications in the same way that the USPTO examines utility nonprovisional patent applications. In particular, examiners review PCT claims by searching for relevant prior art to determine novelty, nonobviousness and usefulness (utility). The examiner will then summarize findings in a PCT prior art […]

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How to Extend the PCT National Stage Deadline

Is it possible to extend the PCT national stage deadline? Depending upon the country, the deadline for entering the national phase of a PCT application will be either 30 months (e.g., US) or 31 months from the priority date. Two and a half years may seem like a long time, but the national stage deadline […]

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What is a utility model?

What is the difference between a utility model and a utility patent? A utility model is a type of instant intellectual property right that is somewhat similar to a utility patent. While it is unavailable in the US, this alternative patent right is offered in many countries outside the US. This option would only help […]

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First file PCT or US patent application?

Should you file PCT or US patent application first? When you need patents in the US and foreign countries, you must ultimately file multiple patent applications. The question is which patent application should be filed first. US applicants seeking patents worldwide will often consider filing both a US nonprovisional patent application and an international PCT […]

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