The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) came into existence in 1970, which assist applicants seeking patent protection internationally for their inventions. This treaty allows to assists patent offices around the world with their patent applications, and in obtaining public access to a treasure of technical information on those inventions. An international patent application can be filed by anyone who is a resident or a national of the treaty’s Member Country. By filing a single international patent application, applicants can seek protection for their invention in 148 countries all over the world.
Filing an international patent application is a sensible move if you are considering securing patent rights in many countries. Therefore, international filing is just a convenient process that allows applicants to start protecting patent in any number of jurisdictions without the need to make unique applications in multiple countries. However, obtaining international patent protection costs lot of money and may not mature into an international patent.