PCT in the News
EHang: The Sky’s the Limit
“EHang has applied for 318 domestic patents, 43 foreign patents and has filed 76 international patent applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). Our patent "Aircraft Control Method Based on Intelligent Terminal" (ZL201510990563.4) won the 6th Guangdong Province Patent Award in 2019. We have also applied for more than 450 trademarks of which 381 have been registered, including in Australia, China, the European Union, New Zealand, the Russian Federation, South Africa, the United States, and other countries. In just a few years, EHang has significantly enhanced its ability to acquire, manage and protect its IP rights. This has helped us establish a strong IP strategy and to develop an operating system that supports our business development goals.”
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Key IP considerations for smaller enterprises
“While the patenting process can be onerous for SMEs, the WIPO-administered Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) offers a cost-effective option when seeking protection in multiple countries. For example, by filing a single international application under the PCT, an applicant can defer the payment of some significant patent filing fees relating to internationalization by 2.5 years, allowing time to assess the commercial value of an invention. In addition, a growing number of countries offer discounts to SMEs, to make the process more affordable,” states Phil Wadsworth.
Patenting trends in renewable energy
“From 2002 to 2012, a decade in which innovation was being promoted in the renewables sector, the number of patent applications published under the Patent Cooperation Treaty for renewables increased by 547 percent. Although this figure has declined, in 2019, it was still 3.5 times higher than in 2002”, James Nurton explains looking at what we can learn about the renewable energies sector in terms of worldwide technology trends in the number of published PCT applications.
Elaphe: driving the development of electric vehicles
“Elaphe has used the PCT extensively and for several reasons. The process is simple and provides a search report, which can supplement our own research on the state of the art. In a dynamic environment where new innovation is born every day, the timeframe of the PCT process gives us a certain freedom to delay strategic decisions until such time as the market and product information is clearer and the economic benefit of pursuing a patent is easier to evaluate,” Mr. Gotovac explains.
ARIPO’s drive to strengthen Africa’s innovation ecosystem
“While significant progress has been made, there is still a great deal to be done. Africa’s pool of IP professionals remains small and falls well short of what the continent needs if it is to harness Africa’s potential for innovation. In 2016, according to WIPO, IP offices located in Africa received a fraction – just 0.5 percent – of the 3.1 million patent applications filed around the world”, states the article. “The general lack of IP awareness in Africa explains the low percentage of international applications filed under WIPO’s Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and the low uptake of IP support services offered by national IP offices and ARIPO,” explains Mr. Fernando dos Santos, Director General, ARIPO.Archives
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