Which countries are not members of the PCT?
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-PCT countries include:
- Cape Verde
- East Timor
- Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) (GCC itself is not a member, but all its countries are, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE)
- Hong Kong (*may enter through China filing)
- Solomon Islands
- South Sudan
- Vatican City (Holy See)
- Western Samoa
Filing a PCT national stage application in China will provide the applicant with a subsequent opportunity to file in Hong Kong.
Taiwan is one of the more popular non-PCT Asian countries considered by applicants. If foreign utility patent protection is desired in Taiwan or any of the above non-PCT countries, then you must file separately in each individual non-member country by the 12-month anniversary of your priority date.
What are the PCT member countries?
Here’s a list of PCT countries.
Need help with your PCT national phase filings?
Here’s a helpful summary of requirements for more common PCT national phase countries. Email patent attorney Vic Lin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (949) 223-9623 to see how we can help with your PCT national stage filings.