The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)

The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) is an international intellectual property treaty that was signed in 1970.  The primary feature of the PCT is that it sets up a unified procedure for filing patent applications to protect inventions across all of the States that are signatories to the PCT.

A single patent application is filed with a receiving office.  A search is then conducted by the International Searching Authority.  Optionally, preliminary prosecution can occur as well.

A PCT application will not, in and of itself, result in the issuance of a patent.  Rather, the PCT allows for the filing of a common patent application in all contracting States.  The application is then examined and issued according to the law of each State.

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