World Intellectual Property Organization


April 2014 | No. 04/2014


PCT in the News

The following extract from the WIPO Magazine (No. 1, 2014) has been added to the “PCT in the News” page of the PCT website:

Giving innovation wings: How Boeing uses its IP

Boeing’s Vice President of IP Management, Peter Hoffman, discusses Boeing’s approach to intellectual property. Mr. Hoffman explains that the PCT allows Boeing “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.” Boeing makes consistent use of the PCT, and over the past 10 years, an average of 160 PCT applications per year were published in the company’s name.

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