Can I file a patent outside India?

Yes, you can file for a patent outside India by filing a PCT application. For filing a patent outside India, an international patent application can be filed in IPO as a receiving office in PCT request form using PCT-SAFE. After the grant of such permission, the Patent Office India shall transmit the application to the IB. The applicant has to pay the prescribed transmittal fee in addition to the International Application fee and search fee.

The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) assists applicants in seeking patent protection internationally for their inventions, helps patent Offices with their patent granting decisions, and facilitates public access to a wealth of technical information relating to those inventions. By filing one international patent application under the PCT, applicants can simultaneously seek protection for an invention in a very large number of countries.

he Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) makes it possible to seek patent protection for an invention simultaneously in each of a large number of countries by filing an “international” patent application. Such an application may be filed by anyone who is a national or resident of a PCT Contracting State. It may generally be filed with the national patent office of the Contracting State of which the applicant is a national or resident


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