China -  Chinese law firm

What benefits does the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) offer to those seeking patent protection?

(a): The PCT expedites the filing of international patent registrations by providing for a single international application for all of its 141 member states. Each nation must still individually approve a registration, but a single application does make for a more simple and affordable process. Additionally, the PCT allows for an additional 18 months of priority treatment on top of the TRIPs, for a total of 5 years of priority treatment.

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