Entry into US national phase from a PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty) patent application

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This page is chiefly for a patent firm located outside of the US that has filed a PCT application on behalf of the firm's client and now wishes to enter the US national phase. This page may also be of interest to a corporate applicant located outside of the US that has filed its own PCT application and now wishes to enter the US national phase.

Reading this page does not make you a client of OPLF and does not make OPLF your attorney.

Choosing OPLF to attend to your US national-phase entry from a PCT application

The attorneys and staff at OPLF have substantial experience with entry into the US national phase from PCT applications. The firm has handled over one thousand entries into the US national phase.

What we need from you

The discussion that follows, both as to what we will need from you and as to what things cost, assumes that the PCT application of interest has been published by the International Bureau of WIPO ("IB"). If you are interested in entry into the US national phase from a PCT application that has not been published by the IB, then please contact OPLF to learn about additional things that we will need from you.

For Oppedahl Patent Law Firm LLC to enter your PCT patent application into the US national phase, at a minimum we will need:

It will save you additional government fees and additional professional fees if you are also able to provide, prior to entry into the US national stage, the following:

Please note that we prefer not to receive these documents from you on paper. It is very much our preference to receive them as PDF and word processor files sent via email.

Note that for any new client we will generally ask for payment in advance, prior to undertaking the work.


What will this cost?

Government fees for entry into the US national phase are likely to be about $1480. This assumes:

The government fees are cut approximately in half if the applicant qualifies as a "small entity".

Our professional fee for attending to entry into the US national phase is likely to be in the range of $900 to $1800, depending upon many factors including the extent to which all needed documents are provided to us timely and the extent to which the papers are already in good condition for filing in the USPTO. The professional fee of around $900 assumes:

Other likely costs include the following.

Foreign firms and their clients differ from one application to the next in the extent to which they wish us to review documents substantively and in the extent to which they wish us to carry out independent review and revision of the documents. Two possible approaches are: