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 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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How much does a US national stage application cost?

What is the cost of filing a US national stage application? A PCT application must be filed as a national stage application in the US in order to obtain a US patent. The initial filing cost of a US national stage application depends on the attorney’s fee and USPTO fees. USPTO fees are straightforward if […]

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Japanese PCT Applicants Entering US National Phase: What you need to know

From Japan PCT to US national phase For Japanese PCT applicants seeking to enter the US national phase, understanding the peculiarities of US patent practice will prove to be helpful. The following guide highlights key issues involved in US patent prosecution. Non-extendable 30-month US national stage deadline The deadline for entering the US national phase […]

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Korean PCT Applicants Entering US National Phase: What You Need to Know

From Korean PCT to US national phase Korean PCT applicants seeking to file a US national phase application should be aware of key differences between the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) and the USPTO. US National Phase Deadline Unlike the 31-month deadline of entering S. Korea, the US has a 30-month deadline which is non-extendable. […]

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European PCT Applicants Entering US National Phase: What You Need to Know

From Europe PCT to US national phase Germany, UK, France, Switzerland, Sweden and the Netherlands are among the top 10 countries that use the PCT system for international patent protection. European PCT applicants who desire to enter the US national phase should keep in mind the following USPTO rules that differ from EPO patent practices. […]

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