foreign patent filing process

Foreign filing process

Looking to learn more about the international patenting process? You’ve come to the right place. Click on the links below to learn more about the foreign patent filing process: PCT national stage entry, direct filing and European validation.

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PCT national stage entry overview

A common way of pursuing patent rights outside your home country is to file an international-type patent application called a Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) application.



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Direct (Paris Convention) filing overview

Alternative to, or in combination with the PCT, applicants can file directly into the jurisdictions where they are seeking patent protection.



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European validation overview

If you file a regional application into Europe (either direct or via the PCT process), an additional step is required called European validation.



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