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PCT National Phase Filing

The patent procedure provides a cost-efficient single entry to file patent applications in almost every country in the world. The PCT patent application must be filed with the International Bureau or with a Patent Office that is competent in handling such applications. The PCT procedure has two phases, which are the major parts of PCT Filing services. In the first "international" phase a search report is provided to point out an opinion and relevant prior art on the patentability of the invention. The PCT procedure itself does not give rise to any patent rights. Instead, in the second phase "national" phase, the PCT application must be followed up by filings of PCT National Phase applications in every country and region where patent protection is desired. The PCT National Phase applications bear a resemblance to national filings in the respective country. Normally, they need to be translated into the local language and be prosecuted against the national patent office, who needs to be convinced that the invention is patentable. However, filing of PCT National Phase applications are more simplified compared to the filing of "normal" national patent applications since most of the formal requirements have been resolved in the first, international phase of the PCT application.

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