Table of Contents <br />Overview<br />Purposes of PCT<br />Why do we use PCT system<br />Development course<br />PCT System<br />
Overview <br /><ul><li>Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) is an international patent law treaty that provides a unified procedure for filing patent application to protect inventions in each of its contracting states.
It is an special international treaty organized by WIPO that only provides access to member states of Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property. </li></li></ul><li>Purposes <br />
Why Do We Use PCT System<br />1. Bring the world within reach<br />2. Simplify the filing procedures<br />3. Postpone both costs and time <br />4. Provide a strong basis for patenting decisions<br />5. Alleviate the burden of national offices in member states<br />
Basic Features of PCT System<br />Internationalapplication/PCT application<br />
About These Offices in PCT Application<br /><ul><li>Receiving Office (RO)</li></ul>— Office where an applicant might file the international application<br /><ul><li>International Searching Authority (ISA)</li></ul> — Patent office which performs the search<br /><ul><li>International Preliminary Examination Authority (IPEA)</li></ul>— Offices responsible for international preliminary examination <br /><ul><li>International Bureau (IB)</li></ul> — Belong to WIPO; responsible for international coordination and management of PCT system<br /><ul><li>Designated Office (DO)</li></ul>— Office that provides protection for inventions according to the requirements of applicants in international application <br /><ul><li>Elected Office (EO)</li></ul>— The contracting states for which the examination is demanded in the claim<br />
0<br />File <br />international<br />application<br />12<br />File first<br />application<br />PCT System<br />Paris<br />Convention<br />vs<br />PCT<br />PCT provides applicants with longer period of time <br />(30 months vs. 12 months)<br />to determine marketing plans,<br />to evaluate the strength of their potential patent, and<br />to be more selective as to the countries in which they will file. <br />(months)<br />
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