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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How to Order US National Stage Application

How can you order a US national stage application based on your PCT application? You can now order a flat rate US national phase application based on your PCT application. Simply go to our PCT US national stage page and enter your PCT application number to get started. Both IP attorneys and applicants/owners may place […]

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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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From PCT to US National Stage: How to get the initial filing right

Before filing a US national stage patent application A PCT application provides several benefits beyond merely delaying the costs of filing individual national stage applications in desired countries. By taking advantage of these optional strategies while the PCT application is pending, an applicant can place their patent application in a more strategically effective position for […]

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What is a PCT prior art search report (written opinion)?

What is a PCT prior art search report? Patent examiners review PCT applications in the same way that the USPTO examines utility nonprovisional patent applications. In particular, examiners review PCT claims by searching for relevant prior art to determine novelty, nonobviousness and usefulness (utility). The examiner will then summarize findings in a PCT prior art […]

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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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What is a PCT patent search of prior art?

Will you get a prior art search in your PCT patent application? Yes, a prior art patent search is typically made in each PCT application. The results of this PCT international search are summarized in an initial document called an International Search Report (ISR). This first prior art search, also known as the “main international […]

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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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What US Applicants Need to Know about PCT Foreign National Stage Entry

PCT foreign national stages A PCT application extends the deadline for filing utility patent applications in both the US and foreign countries. That extended due date, called the national stage deadline, is either 30 months or 31 months from the earliest filing date known as the priority date. By this extended filing deadline, a PCT […]

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