Is there a single patent that covers all countries?

Can you file a single patent application for all countries? Wouldn’t it be great if you could get a single patent to cover all countries? Is there such a thing as a worldwide utility patent? Not exactly. To procure foreign utility patents, however, you can file one international patent application that gives you patent-pending status […]

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Do we recommend PCT patent applications?

Does our firm recommend PCT patent applications? If foreign utility patent protection is desired, filing a PCT patent application makes sense for many applicants. Generally, we recommend PCT applications if you: need more time; want to defer legal costs; and/or wish to keep open the option to file in major foreign countries. Keep in mind […]

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China Utility Model: How is this China utility patent alternative changing?

What is the status of the China utility model process? Utility models (UM) are known for being cheap and automatic. For US filers seeking patent protection in China, the utility model is an attractive alternative to filing regular utility patent applications. Understandably, companies seek cost-effective ways to gain utility patent protection without spending so much. […]

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How to File Foreign Patents: A Cost-Effective Foreign Filing Strategy

How do you file foreign patents cost-effectively? It’s no secret that obtaining foreign patent protection is highly expensive. Most clients are under a limited budget, seeking to stretch their money as much as possible to seek smarter patent protection. Is there a smarter strategy to file foreign patents? How can you procure international patent rights […]

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Can you file a late foreign patent application?

Can you file a late foreign patent application based on Paris Convention? We’ve talked about filing late PCT and national stage applications. But, what if you are thinking about filing a direct foreign patent application claiming priority to a US priority application? What are your late foreign patent filing options under the Paris Convention? More […]

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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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