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Five ways entrepreneurs can benefit from the PCT

Start-ups and SMEs are one of the core building blocks of high-tech clusters, such as the Silicon Valley. Technology-intensive SMEs are powerhouses of innovation and essential drivers of economic development in all modern economies.

These start-ups and SMEs design, develop and commercialize disruptive high-risk technologies with high-payoff potential. On their pathway to the market, they need to incorporate upfront an intellectual property (IP) strategy into their business plans.

These days, the market capitalization of a high-tech start-up or SME is based on its IP portfolio, which is often mostly composed of patents.

Video: An introduction to the International Patent System.

SMEs seeking to protect their technologies in international markets can benefit from WIPO's Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) to:

1. Streamline international protection

2. Facilitate foreign partnerships

3. Postpone major costs

4. Identify pre-existing technology

5. Create licensing opportunities

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