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United States of America

Patent filing & translation requirements

Below we’ve listed the patent filing and translation requirements for United States. Whilst we endeavour to ensure these regulations remain up-to-date, they are subject to change. We advise you check with the local patent office or relevant counsel regarding any questions about country specific regulations.

Direct Route: Filing & Translation Requirements in USA
LanguageEnglish
Filing Deadline12 months
Filing Extension2 months
Translation Extension2 months
Power of AttorneyYes, should be submitted 2 months from filing date
General POA AcceptedYes
AssignmentsYes, should be submitted 2 months from filing date
Excess Claims Fee Due at FilingYes
Claims Amendment Possible at FilingYes
Fee for Amending Claims at FilingNo
Request for Examination DeadlineDue within 3 years from the earliest priority date
Can Examination be Requested at Filing?Yes
Priority Document16 months from earliest priority date, Certified copy, No translation required
PCT Route: Filing & Translation Requirements in USA
LanguageEnglish
Filing Deadline30 months
Filing Extension2 months
Translation Extension2 months
Power of AttorneyYes, should be submitted 2 months from filing date
General POA AcceptedYes
AssignmentsYes, should be submitted 2 months from filing date
Excess Claims Fee Due at FilingYes
Claims Amendment Possible at FilingYes
Fee for Amending Claims at FilingNo
Request for Examination DeadlineDue within 3 years from the earliest priority date
Can Examination be Requested at Filing?Yes
Patent Prosecution HighwayYes

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