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The Practitioner's Guide to the PCT

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Format: Book - softbound
Brand: American Bar Association
ISBN: 9781627220149
Service #: 42006829
Shelf Space: 1 in.
Publication frequency: Updated as changes in the law dictate
Update method: No updating

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The Practitioner's Guide to the PCT



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Published by the American Bar Association (ABA), The Practitioner's Guide to the PCT demystifies the The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) system to help practitioners employ the PCT to their client's advantage.

The PCT is the heart of the international patent system and should be considered in every applicant's patent filing strategy. When it is used appropriately, the PCT is a cost-effective option for international patent protection, and provides numerous benefits for applicants, patent offices, and third parties. With opaque rules and obscure terminology, using the PCT can cause confusion and is a difficult system to master.

The Practitioner's Guide to the PCT is based on the authors' many years of experience with the system and the important lessons they have learned from prior mistakes. Starting with a clear explanation of the PCT's framework, the book's in-depth chapters equip applicants with the tools necessary to effectively use this global, treaty-based system. Topics covered include:

  • PCT requirements and procedures
  • International search and preliminary examination
  • Postfiling procedures: publication, withdrawals, and recording changes
  • Procedural safeguards
  • Strategies and guidelines for entering the national phase
  • Entry into the national phase in the U.S., Europe, China, and elsewhere
  • Strategies and recommendations for a PCT application

In addition, the book includes invaluable supplemental materials, including WIPO resources, glossaries of terms and abbreviations, and an informed discussion on the future of the PCT.