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Can I apply for an international application under Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) in the US?

The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) enables U.S. applicants to file one application, “an international application,” in a standardized format in English in the U.S. Receiving Office (the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office), and have that application acknowledged as a regular national or regional filing in as many Contracting States to the PCT as the applicant “designates,” that is, names, as countries or regions in which patent protection is desired. The PCT provides an additional and optional foreign filing route to patent applicants and does not preclude taking advantage of the priority rights and other advantages provided under the Paris Convention and the WTO administered Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS Agreement).

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