Innovative business products and solutions are protected globally by way of international patent applications under the PCT. Indian patent law provides significant rebate in official patent filing fees for startups, SMEs and individual inventors.
The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) is a worldwide patent law arrangement, finished up in 1970. It gives a brought together system to documenting patent applications to secure developments in every one of its contracting states. A patent application documented under the PCT is called a universal application, or PCT patent application.
A solitary recording of a PCT application is made with a Receiving Office (RO) in one language. It at that point results in an inquiry performed by an International Searching Authority (ISA), joined by a composed conclusion in regards to the patentability of the creation, which is the subject of the application. It is alternatively trailed by a fundamental examination, performed by an International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA). Finally, the significant national or territorial experts control matters identified with the examination of use (whenever given by national law) and issuance of patent.
The Official fee as applicable based on the legal status of the applicant. Patent applicants can file PCT application in India or in WIPO within 12 months from the priority date of Indian patent application. The official PCT fees include the filing fee, international search fee, and transmittal fee, and it varies based on the nature of applicant and selection of international search authority or the ISA.
The PCT National Phase Application filing in India includes the following steps:
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