Filing Requirements

Filing Type: National Phase Entry PCT National Phase Entry
Deadline: 30 months
Power of Attorney: Yes*
Assignments: Yes**
Language: English
Translation Extension: Yes***
Excess Claims Fee: Yes****
Examination Request: 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.

*** English translation may be submitted upon response to the notice to file missing parts at extra cost.

**** Excess claims fee:

USD 80 per claim over 20.

USD 420 per independent claim over 3.

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%.

Filing Requirements

Filing Type: Direct Filing Direct Filing
Deadline: 12 months
Power of Attorney: Yes
Assignments: Yes*
Language: English
Excess Claims Fee: Yes
Examination Request: Included
Country Notes: ­* Yes, and Declaration.

• 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.

• Excess claims fee:

USD 80 per claim over 20.

USD 420 per independent claim over 3.

Harness Dickey

Established: 1921

Number of Professional Staff: 340

National Phase Entry RWS PCT agent in United States

For nearly 100 years, Harness Dickey has focused exclusively on intellectual property law. As one of the largest and fastest-growing IP firms in the country, the firm employs attorneys who are dedicated to providing exceptional legal services in all areas relevant to your business. Harness Dickey represents a wide variety of companies, from start-ups to Fortune® 500 companies. Harness Dickey is consistently ranked by Intellectual Property Today as a top 5 patent firm based on number of patents issued and a top 20 trademark firm based on number of trademark registrations issued.

With over 100 registered patent attorneys and agents who have scientific and engineering degrees, Harness Dickey is also consistently rated as a top tier firm by US News & World Report®, among other prominent trade organizations.

In addition to obtaining patents and trademarks, Harness Dickey focuses on due diligence, IP transactions, portfolio valuation, legal opinions and both enforcement and defensive IP litigation.

Harness Dickey currently has offices in Metro Detroit, MI, St. Louis, MO, Washington D.C., and Portland, OR.

Specialities

• Biotechnology
• Business & Information
• Electrical & Computer
• Life Science
• Material & Chemical
• Mechanical & Electromechanical
• Pharmaceuticals

Contact Information

Mail

5445 Corporate Drive,
Suite 200, Troy, MI 48098,
USA

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Website

www.hdp.com

Brooks Kushman P.C.

Established: 1983

Number of Professional Staff: 200

National Phase Entry RWS PCT agent in United States
Direct Filing RWS Direct (Paris Convention) agent in United States

Brooks Kushman P.C. is a premier intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm dedicated to the advancement and protection of innovations and brands that propel businesses around the world. With offices across the United States, their attorneys work alongside corporations, small to medium-sized businesses, and leading universities to protect their intellectual property assets.

The firm has grown to include more than 90 intellectual property professionals that handle clients’ intellectual property and business matters nationally and around the world. Their professionals remain focused on delivering exceptional results and customized solutions to meet their clients’ evolving needs. They have earned a national reputation for employing targeted strategies to achieve the best possible results for our clients.

Specialities

In addition to traditional intellectual property counseling, our experienced practitioners provide a full range of services designed to maximize the value of our clients’ ideas. Some examples are:

• Providing advice on the management of patent portfolios
• Developing joint venture agreements and technology transfers
• Intellectual property due diligence
• Open source software analysis and evaluation
• Formulating strategies for the profitable licensing of assets
• Creating confidentiality, non-competition and non-disclosure agreements
• Surveying the existing patent landscape and providing opinions
• Engineering design-around products to avoid existing patents

Contact Information

Mail

1000 Town Center, 22nd Floor,
Southfield, Michigan 48075,
USA

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