Published, 3 February 2022


The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) makes it possible to seek patent protection in over 150 contracting states by filing a single PCT application with your national patent office or WIPO’s International Bureau.

Filing a PCT application establishes your priority date in all contracting states and begins the international  phase of the PCT system.

The guide includes:

  • Filling deadlines
  • Language requirements
  • Availability of extensions
  • Excess claim fees
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