Patent Cooperation Treaty Kit - Table of Contents

Introduction: Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) - International patent applications

A patent application is considered to be "international" when it is filed under, and with reference to, the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). By filing an international patent application under the PCT system, protection of an invention can be sought simultaneously in each of a large number of countries.

This is the first step towards obtaining patent protection in a country that is party to the PCT.

The information contained within this kit has been compiled from World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) resources and is to be considered solely as an overview of the PCT filing system. It should not be quoted as or be considered a legal authority. Applicants are encouraged to visit the WIPO web site for comprehensive and current information.

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Contents of this Kit are reproduced from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) publication PCT Applicant's Guide, with the permission of WIPO. The World Intellectual Property Organization is not responsible for any transformation of the material.