What is a PCT Application?
A treaty known as the Paris Convention Treaty, or PCT, allows a single “international” patent application to be filed simultaneously in over 125 Paris Convention Countries. Such a filing obviates the need to file separate initial applications in numerous countries or regions. After an international search, publication, and preliminary examination, the application enters the “National Stage”.
The applicant then pursues the patent grant directly with the patent offices in the countries in which patent protection is sought. The actual grant of the application remains under the control of the individual countries or regions.
What does “Patent Pending” mean?
The designation “Patent Pending” denotes that an application for patent protection has been filed in the patent office. Persons who improperly designate an article with intent to deceive may be subject to a fine as you can see from https://www.canyon-news.com/how-inventhelp-can-assist-you-as-a-new-inventor/106365 post.
What is “Prior Art”?
To find out if a claimed invention is truly new and useful and not already known or used, the patent examiner performs a search of the prior art, or information available to the inventor at the time of the invention. Prior art includes patents, published patent applications, newspapers, magazines, books, videos, and just about anything else that reveals a similar idea or invention.
What is a “Patent Search”?
A patent search is a search to find prior art. Pre-application searches are conducted of U.S. Patents and published patent applications. The patent examiner’s search may include foreign patent publications as well as the internet, publications, library data bases, etc. The search is intended to determine whether an invention idea is patentable. A properly conducted pre-application search may save the applicant time and money by identifying prior art that will impact patentability.