PCT Bypass: Another way to enter US?

Is national stage the only way a PCT application can enter the US? No, an alternative option to enter the US from a PCT application is called a bypass application. A bypass application is filed as a US continuing application claiming domestic priority to the PCT application as if it were a US parent nonprovisional […]

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How much does a US national stage application cost?

What is the cost of filing a US national stage application? A PCT application must be filed as a national stage application in the US in order to obtain a US patent. The initial filing cost of a US national stage application depends on the attorney’s fee and USPTO fees. USPTO fees are straightforward if […]

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Japanese PCT Applicants Entering US National Phase: What you need to know

From Japan PCT to US national phase For Japanese PCT applicants seeking to enter the US national phase, understanding the peculiarities of US patent practice will prove to be helpful. The following guide highlights key issues involved in US patent prosecution. Non-extendable 30-month US national stage deadline The deadline for entering the US national phase […]

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Korean PCT Applicants Entering US National Phase: What You Need to Know

From Korean PCT to US national phase Korean PCT applicants seeking to file a US national phase application should be aware of key differences between the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) and the USPTO. US National Phase Deadline Unlike the 31-month deadline of entering S. Korea, the US has a 30-month deadline which is non-extendable. […]

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European PCT Applicants Entering US National Phase: What You Need to Know

From Europe PCT to US national phase Germany, UK, France, Switzerland, Sweden and the Netherlands are among the top 10 countries that use the PCT system for international patent protection. European PCT applicants who desire to enter the US national phase should keep in mind the following USPTO rules that differ from EPO patent practices. […]

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China PCT Applicants: What to Know About US National Stage Entry

From China PCT to US national stage Chinese companies filing US national stage applications through their PCT applications need to be aware of a few important rules to facilitate a smoother US patent process. PCT applications originating in China are originally written in Mandarin and then translated into English. US National Stage Deadline The US […]

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US National Phase Common Mistakes: How to avoid

Recognizing and Avoiding US National Phase Common Mistakes PCT applicants entering the US national phase will benefit by understanding specific USPTO requirements and rules that may seem foreign or inconsistent with their local patent office rules. This is a brief list of common mistakes associated with filing US national stage applications. By recognizing these pitfalls […]

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How to Add New Matter to a PCT Application When Filing in the US

What is a bypass application? A PCT application that designates the US may be considered a pending US application from the international application filing date [see 35 USC 363]. Therefore, it is possible to file a PCT bypass application, which is basically a continuing application (e.g., continuation, divisional, CIP) based on such a pending US […]

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

US National Stage Application: The Basics For most applicants outside the US, the US is one of the top national phase PCT countries to be considered. This is practical guideline to help non-US applicants prepare for national stage entry into the US. Let’s begin with the basics of filing a national stage application with the […]

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