United States of America
Supported patent filings

PCT National Phase Entry
Deadline: 30 months
Power of Attorney: Yes*
Assignments: Yes**
Language: English
Translation Extension: Yes***
Excess Claims Fee: Yes****
Examination Request: Automatically examined, additional exam fees at filing
Country Notes:

* Unlike most countries that require signed forms from the applicant, the USPTO accepts faxed or scanned copies of Powers of Attorney and Assignment forms.


** Other documents: Declaration.


*** The English translation (in case of non-EN application) can be submitted within two months from issuance of PO.


**** An amendment to reduce the claims may be submitted.


• Restrictions and surcharges for multiple-dependent claims.


• Small entity status: in certain circumstances, a reduction of official fees of 50%.

Direct Filing
Deadline: 12 months
Power of Attorney: Yes
Assignments: Yes*
Language: English
Translation Extension: Yes**
Excess Claims Fee: Yes
Examination Request: Automatically examined, additional exam fees at filing
Country Notes:

­* A Declaration is required along with a Power of Attorney and Assignment form.


** The English translation (in case of non-EN application) can be submitted within two months from the date of PO notification.


• A certified copy of the Priority Document is needed at filing if the priority country does not participate in the document exchange program. This document can be filed any time after the initial filing up until grant.


• Restrictions and surcharges for multiple-dependent claims.


• Small entity status: in certain circumstances, a reduction of official fees of 50%.


• Unlike most countries, the USPTO accepts faxed or scanned copies of documents from the applicant.


• The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office strongly encourages applicants to check the Patent Application Information Retrieval (PAIR) system to determine whether the USPTO successfully retrieved the Priority Document. The applicant will be notified if the retrieval attempt is unsuccessful and that a paper copy of the certified copy of the Priority Document must be provided before the U.S. application issues as a patent.

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