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 to do before utility patent application is published

Utility nonprovisional patent applications are typically published around 18 months from the priority date. This event usually comes and goes without much fanfare. Before your patent application is published, applicants should consider at least two questions: Have any improvements or modifications been made? Do you want to protect those changes in foreign countries? Applicants who […]

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What is a utility model?

What is the difference between a utility model and a utility patent? Foreign utility patents are expensive. To obtain a foreign utility patent, you normally go through a long examination process with the foreign patent office. All the back-and-forth rejections and responses add up. If there was only a way to skip the substantive examination. […]

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Can others file the same patent in a different country?

Same patent by others in different country? If an earlier applicant obtains a patent first in their own country, can others subsequently patent the same invention in a different country? The simple answer “should” be no. The reality, however, is more complicated. What happens in the real patent world does not always follow what should […]

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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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How can you save money on international patent costs?

How much does an international utility patent application cost? International patent costs can escalate quickly. When pursuing utility patents in foreign countries, you cannot ignore the cost factor. Simply put, foreign utility patents cost a lot, i.e., much more than you want to spend. You have to deal with not only the foreign patent office, […]

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How to get international utility patents

Is there only one way to get international patent rights? No, there are multiple ways to obtain foreign utility patents. While there is no such thing as an international patent, there is an international patent application called the PCT application. Eventually, you still will need to file separate utility patent applications in each desired foreign […]

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