Patent Cooperation Treaty Yearly Review – 2018

This report provides comprehensive facts, figures, and analysis of the international patent system.

Special theme: Applicant representatives named in PCT applications

Managing a patent application – from its preparation to the patent office’s final decision – requires a solid knowledge of patent law and patent office practices and procedures. This work is usually carried out under the responsibility of a patent agent or a patent attorney who prepares the application and acts for the applicant in the filing and prosecuting of the application before the patent office. In order to have the right to file a patent application before a particular patent office, an individual is generally required to have a relevant professional qualification and be on a register of representatives entitled to practice before that office. A patent office may also require an individual to meet a nationality or residency requirement in order to appear in its register…

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