PCT is the acronym of Patent Cooperation Treaty. It is a sister Treaty of the Paris Convention administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The PCT facilitates filing of patent applications under a single umbrella and provides for simplified procedure for the search and examination of such applications. There are now over 125 signatory countries to PCT. From December 7, 1998, India is a member of the Paris Convention. The PCT system is a very popular method of filing patent applications throughout the world.
The Patent cooperation Treaty is basically an agreement between different parties worldwide providing basic guidelines pertaining to the filing of patent applications under PCT. It is mainly a treaty for cooperation with regard to the PCT filing procedure, searching and examination of patent. Any resident of a PCT Contracting State may file an international application directly with the International Bureau of WIPO as receiving Office, apart from filing with the competent national Office. The application under PCT is required to be filed in a manner as prescribed by the rules and regulations governing the treaty, in one of the languages accepted by the competent searching authority, which has been opted by the applicant. The due dates for PCT application are as follows: (i) for international publication 18 months from the date of filing of application, (ii) for international preliminary examination report 28 months from the date of filing of application, and (iii) for entry in to the national phase is 31 months.
International PCT Filing Services
There are numbers of firms and legal companies assisting clients and fulfilling their requirements, not only in India but outside India such as USA, UK and all. These firmsÃ¢€™ provide assistance by clarifying and explaining necessary guidelines required to file a particular patent application. A PCT application must be drafted in a manner as required by the government of various countries. A patent application into national phase must contain proper specifications, description and claims so that patent application can be processed and examined at the earliest. Thus in order to utilize maximum benefit out of this site it is professionally recommended to take the guidance and consultancy of various patent experts and professionals associated us