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The internet and other modern technologies have made the world a smaller place. Now more than ever before, Texas inventors can share their products with people from every corner of the globe. As you determine the market for your product, you might discover that you need to add an international patent to your arsenal. This may make you wonder what patent law says about applying for international patents.

Fortunately, you have options. You could file a separate application with individual countries, or you could utilize the Patent Convention Treaty to file one application that covers several countries. The use of the PCT to apply for patent protection is increasing.

Ordinarily, once you file for a patent here in the United States, you have one year to file under the PCT. Thereafter, you can take up to 30 months to choose which countries you want to include in your application. Filing for international patents (either individually or through the PCT) typically requires the assistance of an attorney. It would be to your benefit to choose one who could assist you with both the domestic and international application processes. Each country has its own requirements, and someone with either direct knowledge of those variations or who routinely works with an attorney in a specific country could prove invaluable.

Not every Texas patent law attorney has these qualifications. You would more than likely benefit from discussing the need for an international patent up front when you apply for a domestic patent. This way, you will not have to change attorneys or add an additional attorney midway through the process of obtaining the necessary patents to protect your invention, which could cost you both time and money.

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