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FAQ: What is a PCT?

A PCT is an International Patent Application. A PCT is expensive but it is often an attractive option for 3 or more target countries where you want to procure a patent. A PCT has to be followed up with national entries in the target countries, e.g. in the US and Canada

If your only target countries are the US and Canada, then individual national filings in the US and Canada - rather than a PCT - is often the more attractive option.

Related FAQ In which countries shall I file a patent application?

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