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Pioneers of blue LEDs dazzle Nobel Committee

“University technologies are generally very early stage.  The PCT is critical for these early stage technologies because it gives us the opportunity to protect our patents globally while allowing the market and the technology to mature further before determining which countries might be most valuable to commercial partners”  PDF

Bacteria as a Vehicle for Drug Delivery

The PCT: supporting SMEs

A small company, with a global reach, ActoGeniX uses WIPO’s Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) to file its patent applications internationally. “The PCT buys us time to determine whether it is really worth pursuing a patent at the national level. This can be a costly affair, so the PCT offers us valuable time and cost savings.”  PDF

Innovation Gathers Pace in Renewables Sector

Internationalization of markets

A marked rise in the use of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) – a cost-effective mechanism that streamlines the process of filing for patent protection in multiple jurisdictions – points to the increasingly global nature of markets for patented technologies in the focus areas. Since 2006, over 30 percent of the patents filed within the four CCMT areas were filed through the PCT, nearly double the rate of PCT filings between 1975 and 2005.  PDF

Giving innovation wings: How Boeing uses its IP

How do you use the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)?

We utilize the PCT for international patent filings. The PCT allows us to delay many of the costs associated with filing patent applications broadly in multiple regions and the international search report obtained through the PCT can be very helpful to our understanding of the relevant prior art pertaining to particular technologies.  PDF


US and China Drive International Patent Filing Growth in Record-Setting Year

Press Release

Video, International Patent Filings Set New Record in 2012  Videos: press conference YouTube, highlights YouTube

Infographic: Who filed the most PCT patent
applications in 2013? PDF, Infographic, PCT applications 2012

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