Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) application filing

A PCT application is filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland. A PCT application grants you 30 months (31 months in some countries) from the date of the first filed application to file a corresponding patent application in other foreign countries. A PCT application gives the applicant 30 or 31 months from the date of the earliest filed priority application to file a non-provisional patent application in the member countries of the PCT ( http://www.wipo.int/pct/guide/en/index.html) at a lower cost. Unicita regularly files PCT applications with the Indian Patent Office as the receiving office on behalf of its clients after which Unicita directly corresponds with the WIPO with regard to the status of the PCT applications. The applicant is then required to file the corresponding non-provisional patent application in the countries of choice before the 30 or 31 month deadline from the first filed application. Filing each of these non-provisional patent applications in the respective countries of choice is referred to as a National Phase Entry. Unicita assists applicants in this regard by corresponding with foreign associates and ensuring that the patent applications are filed within the deadline. Unicita also files national phase entry applications for foreign applicants in India.



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