The International Search Report and Written Opinion of the International Searching Authority (ISR) is a document provided by the International Searching Authority (ISA) in connection with a PCT patent application. Typically, the ISR is issued a few months after the International Filing Date, but there can be quite a significant difference depending on what ISA you select. The ISR gives applicants an idea of what prior art is out there and what issues and rejections may arise once the application has entered the national/regional stage. Applicants can then formulate their foreign filing strategies accordingly and place the application in the condition for allowance.
inovia‘s Small Business Solutions Team works with startups and solo inventors across the globe to assist with the international patent filing process. Led by inovia‘s Senior Patent Attorney, Jeff Shieh, the team walks patent applicants through the stages necessary to gain international patent protection and, ultimately, how to proceed in doing so. As one might expect, we hear many of the same recurring questions from our clients, so we sat down with Jeff to compile a list of these frequently asked questions: