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It’s true now more than ever: protecting your inventions worldwide is vital for keeping a competitive edge in the global marketplace. You will need patents in multiple countries if you are selling your products internationally. But how can you do this? In today’s blog, we’ll look at how to achieve global patent protection through PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty) applications. These applications are essential for pretty much all companies with active R&D departments, and an intellectual property attorney can guide you through this complex process.

If you want to experience the relief of knowing your work is protected worldwide, then keep on reading!

What Is a PCT Application?

A PCT application is an international patent application that can be nationalized in any country that is a member of the PCT. It allows inventors to seek protection for their inventions in multiple countries at once.

A PCT application makes applying for patents in different countries simpler. It provides inventors with more time and flexibility to decide where to seek protection. Consulting a patent lawyer can help streamline this process.

The Benefits of Filing PCT Applications

PCT applications are managed by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). If you’re wondering how to get started, then hang on. We have a step-by-step list for you a little further in this article. But first, we’ll let you know all of the benefits you will get by filing a PCT application with the help of a patent prosecution attorney:

How to File a PCT Application

Filing a PCT application can seem overwhelming at first. In reality, all you have to do is take a few steps:

  1. First, prepare your application. Gather all necessary documents—detailed descriptions, drawings of your invention, claims, and anything else needed. An invention patent attorney can ensure your documents are in order.
  2. Next, file the application. You can submit your PCT application through your national patent office or directly with WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization).
  3. An international search report and written opinion then identify prior art related to your invention and whether the claims are considered novel and inventive.
  4. You can then proceed to the national phase in the countries where you want patent protection.

Protect Your Innovations Worldwide

For companies that are heavily (or even to a lesser degree) involved in R&D, protecting inventions worldwide is important to protect your innovations and keep you competitive globally. Why should you secure patents in multiple countries? It’s simple – doing so protects your R&D investment and increases your company’s value. A design patent attorney can help you navigate the intricacies of international design protection.

Bringing Your PCT Application to the US

For law firms and companies outside the US, nationalizing a PCT application in the US is an important step. This involves submitting your international application to the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and making sure it meets all US patent rules. Nationalizing in the US can offer significant advantages. Why? It’s due to the size and influence of the US market.

Take Action to Protect Your Inventions Globally

We understand that you have other things to worry about than how to file your PCT application and how to deal with all the possible challenges that could come up. But protecting your innovations is not an issue you should ignore or postpone. A robust patent portfolio helps protect your innovations and boosts business success. Filing PCT applications is a smart way to secure international patents and keep your inventions safe worldwide.

If you are ready to improve your patent strategy but don’t want the hassle of figuring things out on your own, then the Law Office of Mario T Milano is there for expert guidance and support. Our intellectual property attorneys, including patent lawyers, patent prosecution attorneys, invention patent attorneys, and design patent attorneys, specialize in helping companies protect their patents globally – so that your innovations are secure wherever you do business.

Take a look at our patent services or reach out to us directly. Let’s work together to secure your intellectual property worldwide!