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PCT national stage entry

european validation Direct file pct stage

US

Filing requirements

Deadline: 30 months
Power of Attorney: Yes
Assignments: Yes*
Language: English
Translation Extension: N/A
Excess Claims Fee: Yes
Examination Request: Included

Country notes

    *Yes, and Declaration

  • Excess claims fee: USD 80 per claim over 20; USD 420 per independent claim over 3

  • Restrictions and surcharges for multipledependent claims

  • Unlike most countries, the USPTO accepts faxed or scanned copies of documents from the applicant.

  • Small entity status: in certain circumstances, a reduction of official fees of 50%

Direct (Paris Convention) filing

european validation Direct file pct stage

US

Filing requirements

Power of Attorney: Yes
Assignments: Yes*
Language: English
Excess Claims Fee: Yes
Examination Request: Included

Country notes

    *Yes, and Declaration

  • A certified copy of the priority document is needed at filing if the priority country does not participate in the document exchange program. This document can be filed any time after the initial filing up until grant.

  • Excess claims fee: USD 80 per claim over 20; USD 420 per independent claim over 3

  • Restrictions and surcharges for multipledependent claims

  • Small entity status: in certain circumstances, a reduction of official fees of 50%

  • Unlike most countries, the USPTO accepts faxed or scanned copies of documents from the applicant.

  • The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office strongly encourages applicants to check the Patent Application Information Retrieval (PAIR) system to determine whether the USPTO successfully retrieved the priority document. The applicant will be notified if the retrieval attempt is unsuccessful and that a paper copy of the certified copy of the priority document must be provided before the U.S. application issues as a patent.

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