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Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)

The PCT is in force in Chile since June 2, 2009 and is routinely used by national applicants due to the evident advantage that it provides to plan and implement global patent strategies. After a PCT application is filed, the applicant has 30 months to make a decision regarding the countries in which it will continue with the patent process. During this term, the applicant can analyze the possible commercial success of the invention and, taking advantage of the international search report and written opinion that the PCT process provides, obtain a clear idea regarding the real possibilities that the patent application will be accepted for registration.

Our office also provides advice in the drafting (request, specification and claims), filing and prosecuting of PCT applications in the International phase before the National Institute of Industrial Property (INAPI) or the International Office. We also have a network of international correspondents that can represent our clients before the designated offices during the corresponding national phase.