Stage versus Phase?

Yes, we know it’s officially known as the PCT National Phase… inovia was founded by an Australian patent attorney, after all.

Yet many patent attorneys, agents and applicants in the US refer to it as “PCT national stage entry”.  We’ve used ‘stage’ on our website and in other materials because many of our (mostly US-based) clients say ‘stage’.  So, we’re having an internal debate about this choice and thought we’d open it up to our blog readers…  what do you say?  Should we use ‘phase’ or stick with ‘stage’?


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