How to File an International Patent: 7 Steps to International Property Protection
How to File an
7 Steps to International Property Protection
Since there is no worldwide patent available at
this time, the best place to first patent your
invention in your country.
This keeps people, particularly competitors,
from stealing your work or using your ideas
You can patent almost any invention, from a
recipe for a pie-cake to a blueprint for a new
1. Patent your invention in your country
To file patents in foreign countries within 6
months of filing in the U.S., you first have to
get a license from the USPTO.
The license can be used to file for a patent in
If you have already received a patent in the
U.S., you may not need a license.
2. Get a license.
Choosing the countries you want to file in may
have to do with competition or seeing a need
for the product.
Be aware that filing foreign patents can be
expensive and time consuming.
Avoid filing unnecessary patent in countries
where the product won’t be used profitably.
3. Decide where to file.
If a similar invention has been submitted for a
patent, your application will be denied.
You can search for this information using the
WIPO search engine called PatentScope.
4. Search for similar inventions.
You can attempt to write a patent application
on your own, but you risk making costly
A wiser option is to hire an intellectual
property attorney or team of international
5. Create a draft patent application
The PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty) office
makes sure everything is in order for your
patent and that it doesn’t violate any patents.
Usually a report from the PCT is given to the
applicant between 9 and 16 months after the
initial application is submitted.
6. Submit to the PCT office
You may officially choose the countries you
want to submit a patent to after you receive
approval from the PCT.
The countries you choose will receive a report
from the PCT to speed up the process. It will be
faster because the initial research on the patent
has already been completed.
7. File in other countries
As stated in step 5, creating a patent
application on your own can be risky and
difficult. Get help from MultiLing, an
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time for countries across the world.
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