After Searching: Patent Filing Options and PCT ISAs

4 12 2015


November 8, 2015

Stephan Sangwon Kim

While a company is interest is obtaining patents in its country, companies may also be interested in protecting their inventions beyond their territories. Companies seeking foreign protection must address this issue on a country-by-country basis. The costs for obtaining foreign patent coverage are exceedingly expensive. Furthermore, there are timing restrictions for filing the patent application in foreign countries. If you fail to file within the prescribed times, the applicant may lose all sought out rights in the foreign countries.

It is therefore necessary to balance the cost factor of obtaining the patents, the significance of obtaining patents in particular countries, the timing needed to obtain patents, and other information, in order to advise your client on how to proceed in order to protect his invention in other parts of the world outside their own territories.


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