PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty)
Internationalize your patents with the PCT Agreement
The PCT system allows simplified international patent applications which in turn eases national filings.
The PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty) was signed at the Washington Diplomatic Conference in May and June of 1970. The Treaty came into force in January 1978 and was was amended thrice, in 1979, 1984 and 2001. At the current time, there are 151 contracting states.
The three main objectives of this treaty are:
- The reduction of the bureaucracy and costs in applying for a patent in multiple States;
- The unification of the patent application procedure, valid in all the signatory States and;
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- Antigua and Barbuda
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Brunei Darussalam
- Burkina Faso
- Central African Republic
- Congo (Republic)
- Costa Rica
- Côte d'Ivoire
- Czech Republic
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Equatorial Guinea
- Faroe Islands
- New Zealand
- North Korea
- Papua New Guinea
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- San Marino
- Saudi Arabia
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa
- South Korea
- Sri Lanka
- Syrian Arab Republic
- Tanzania (mainland)
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
- Viet Nam
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