• International patent applications

International patent applications under the PCT

With the PCT patent application, you apply for international patents at the German Patent and Trademark Office (GPTO), the European Patent Office (EPO), or the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). By this, protection rights are obtained in the countries participating in the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). As European and German patent and trademark attorneys, we help you with patent, trademark and design protection nationally and worldwide.

Benefit from the advantages of an international PCT patent application by our office:

comprehensive advice
individual strategies
representation of domestic and foreign companies, institutions and individuals
advice of domestic and foreign companies, institutions and individuals
protection of intellectual property ÔÇô worldwide
specialist knowledge in almost all technical fields
international network for the regionalization or nationalization of PCT applications abroad
preparation and submission of the application documents

With an international application (PCT patent application), an invention can be registered in a large number of countries worldwide. By filing one international patent application under the PCT, applicants can simultaneously seek protection for an invention in a large number of countries. PCT patent applications have to be nationalized or regionalized in the desired countries within 30 (sometimes 31) months after the priority or filing date. Then, an independent patent grant procedure takes place in each of the selected countries. The PCT patent application offers the possibility to check the patentability in a single procedure for all the selected countries. This means a huge saving of costs and time. We provide comprehensive advice on PCT patent applications and carry them out for you. Find out more about the technical focus areas of our law firm.

We also provide you with detailed information about the various patents of the PCT member states and tell you which effects they have on your company. The most important national patents are:

We offer you our service to ensure the protection of your intellectual property.

Find out more about our law firm's focus areas.

US Patent

In US law, a patent is a right that can be registered by the inventor of a new process, device or product. With the US patent, the inventor has the possibility to prevent others from using his invention. Thereby, there is a better chance that the development costs amortize through exclusive use. It also guarantees that the intellectual property wonÔÇÖt be used by unauthorized third parties. The USA is one of the currently 153 participating states in the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). So, you can link your PCT patent application with an US patent application if you wish so.

In the USA there is also the possibility of a provisional patent application (a Provisional) which secures the filing date and expires after 12 months. There is no examination for provisional patent applications. Together with our US colleagues weÔÇÖd be glad to answer your questions regarding the US patent.

JP Patent

The JP patent is the Japanese patent that inventors receive when they submit their invention for examination to the Japanese Patent Office. The Japanese Patent Office takes good care in the examination process. Stipulated forms and documents must be filled and submitted. As in Germany, Japan proceeds according to the first-to-file principle. It says that the person who first filed the invention receives the JP patent. If Japan is an important market for you or if competitors are located there, we can gladly support you in protecting your inventions and ideas there. Japan is also a member of to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).

We have been protecting your innovations
for more than 90 years!

CN Patent

The CN patent is the Chinese patent which can be obtained through a PCT patent application or a national application. A domestic patent agency must act as the legal representative of the inventor. We take care of all formalities connected with the application for a CN patent and thus, ensure a smooth application procedure. By the way: we employ a patent engineer specialized in industrial property rights in China and Taiwan. Benefit from this advantage!

Besides the above-mentioned patents in the USA, Japan and China, our law firm also covers all patent, trademark and design protection rights in almost every county of the world.

Would you like to learn more about the protection of industrial property by patents? Then read our FAQs where we answer the most important questions in this respect. Of course, we are also available for personal advice at any time. Simply contact us online or by telephone.

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