What PCT strategy would help a US national stage application?

Is there a PCT strategy that will benefit your US national stage? The PCT application is more than something to push back deadlines. While the deferral benefits of a PCT application may be more well known, the PCT can be an effective tool to streamline national stage filings. In fact, the PCT application can help […]

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How to prepare a PCT application for US national stage entry

How to prepare a PCT application for optimal US national stage entry PCT applications are typically filed in the country of the applicant or with International Bureau. Though an applicant may desire international patent protection, the PCT application is usually drafted by the local patent counsel in the applicant’s home country. So a PCT application […]

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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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How much does a US national stage application cost?

What is the cost of filing a US national stage application? The initial cost of filing a Us national stage application based on a PCT application can vary widely depending upon teh US law firm or attorney. Some US firms charge hourly rates while others, like ours, charge flat rates. If the specification has already […]

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First file PCT or US? Which patent application to file first?

Should you file PCT or US patent application first? US applicants seeking patents worldwide will often consider filing both a US nonprovisional patent application and international PCT application. The questions is: Which application should be filed first, or should both patent applications be filed simultaneously? Let’s consider patent strategies for filing US first, PCT first […]

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How to Amend PCT Application

Does Your PCT Application Require Any Amendments? Before delving into the complexities of filing amendments to a PCT application, the initial question to consider is whether an amendment is even necessary. For example, if you have a co-pending US application with claims that received a first action allowance, then PCT amendments might be unnecessary. Here […]

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

US National Stage Application: The Basics For most international patent applicants, the US is one of the top national phase PCT countries to be considered. This practical guideline will 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 USPTO based […]

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Which countries are not PCT members?

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-member countries include: Afghanistan Andorra Argentina Bahamas Bangladesh Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia Burundi Cape Verde East Timor […]

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What are the PCT deadlines for a Chapter II Demand and Article 19 and 34 Amendments?

Preliminary Review of Claims in PCT Application Every PCT application automatically receives a prior art search and a written opinion on the invention’s novelty, inventive step (non-obviousness) and industrial applicability. The International Search Report (ISR) and Written Opinion (WO) are typically established 16 months from the priority date (or 9 months from the PCT application filing […]

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How much are flat fee estimates for PCT national phase entries?

National stage flat fee cost estimates A PCT application allows you to file your patent application in multiple countries. To do so, an applicant enters the national stage, or national phase, of each desired country by filing a copy of the PCT application. Filing these national stage applications can require a significant outlay of cash, […]

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