The patent cooperation treaty pct assists applicants in seeking patent protection internationally for their inventions helps patent offices with their patent granting decisions and facilitates public access to a wealth of technical information relating to those inventions. The patent cooperation treaty pct is an international treaty with more than 150 contracting states the pct makes it possible to seek patent protection for an invention simultaneously in a large number of countries by filing a single international patent application instead of filing several separate national or regional patent applications. The patent cooperation treaty pct is an international patent law treaty concluded in 1970 it provides a unified procedure for filing patent applications to protect inventions in each of its contracting states a patent application filed under the pct is called an international application or pct application. Oppedahl patent law firm llc will be offering an in person pct seminar on october 16 18 2018 in redwood city ca carl oppedahl of oppedahl patent law firm llc will address the following i strategic topics o whether to use pct or paris convention o choosing wisely when picking a receiving office o choosing wisely when picking an international searching authority. What is a patent cooperation treaty pct application a pct application is a placeholder utility application that establishes a filing date for your invention and that can subsequently be nationalized in any of the more than 140 countries that are members of the pct
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