A patent filed in the United State only protects your invention here. The patent rights granted to you can be used to stop the making, using, selling or importation of infringing products in the US. However, if your US-patented invention is made abroad and only sold abroad, the US patent owner may not have any recourse against the infringer.
Additionally, you have to seek protection country by country. There is no such thing as a world wide patent. So, the decision to seek patent protection in other countries can be a tough one.
The major drawback that people encounter when exploring foreign patent protection is a limited budget. Seeking foreign patent protection can be very expensive. There are many different filing fees, translation costs, annuities, and legal fees for both your US and foreign patent attorneys.
Above is the basic timeline for filing foreign patent protection. This is if you use the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) path. If you desire, you can just file in the individual countries, but that must be done within 12 months of filing any application, including a provisional application.
How Can I Help?
There are many factors to consider when deciding which path to take in protecting your invention overseas.
If you, or someone you know, is looking to protect your idea abroad, I can help you determine which path to protection is best for you including costs, convenience, and deadlines. To protect your valuable patent rights; please contact me for a free 30 minute consultation by sending me an email or call TOLL FREE at 1-855-UR IDEAS (1-855-874-3327) and ask for Norman.
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