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Global patent protection – foreign filing timeline

Do you need international patent protection, and when do you have to decide? This post describes the method used to file in foreign countries with a timeline for filings. In a nutshell, you have one year from filing a US provisional or *non-provisional (utility) application  to decide if you want to do foreign filings, and 6 months for design patents. *(Assuming no provisional application was filed for this case). The filing is done under the Patent Cooperation Treaty, or PCT.

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Patent’s End

Patents have fixed, finite lives. As savvy inventors and entrepreneurs know, since 1995 US patents are valid for twenty years from the date of the first US filing of the patent. Not hard to calculate that – so why has the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) just released a new online patent term calculating app?

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