How to Postpone PCT National Stage Deadlines

When is the PCT national stage deadline? Depending upon the country, the deadline for entering the national phase of a PCT application will be either 30 months (e.g., US) or 31 months from the priority date. Two and a half years may seem like a long time, but the national stage deadline can creep up […]

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How does a provisional support a nonprovisional patent application?

What does a provisional patent application do? As suggested in its name, the “provisional” in provisional patent application has a connotation of temporary or conditional. A provisional application is, by nature, short term. Something further must be done to make the temporary patent rights permanent, and that something is the filing of a nonprovisional patent […]

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What is a patent priority claim?

Why do priority claims matter for patents? Patenting is about winning the race to the Patent Office by applying for a protectable invention before others do. In order to be first to the Patent Office, you need an earlier filing date that precedes the filing dates of others attempting to patent similar inventions. A priority […]

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What is a priority date?

What is a patent priority date? Priority date refers to the earliest filing date in a family of patent applications. Where only a single patent application is involved, the priority date would obviously be the filing date of the sole application. If an applicant has filed a number of related patent applications, the priority date […]

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