Foreign Patent Protection

Foreign Co-Counsel

The U.S. registered patent attorneys at The Livingston Firm work with foreign co-counsel around the world to assist with obtaining U.S. patents and foreign patent protection for our U.S. clients.

Filing for Foreign Patent Protection under the Patent Cooperation Treaty

The Livingston Firm can obtain foreign patent protection for you under the Patent Cooperation Treaty ("PCT"). The PCT is an international treaty that allows an inventor to obtain a patent pending in 141 foreign countries using a single filing. The PCT delays the expenses associated with applying for patent protection in foreign countries for up to thirty or thirty-one months (depending on the country), thereby allowing the inventor more time to assess the commercial viability of his or her invention. At the end of the end of the thirty or thirty-one month
period we can assist you with choosing which countries you want to pursue patent protection in and then work with our foreign co-counsel to obtain patent protection in those countries.

Patent Prosecution Highway

Under the Patent Prosecution Highway ("PPH"), an applicant receiving a ruling from a foreign patent office that at least one claim in a patent application is patentable may request that the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") to fast track the examination of corresponding claims in corresponding applications filed in the USPTO. The PPH allows applicants to obtain corresponding patents faster and more efficiently. If you need assistance filing a national stage patent application in the U.S. and or have a patent application that you believe
is eligible for the PPH, then the U.S. registered patent attorneys at the Livingston Firm are here to assist you.

Contact a U.S. Registered Patent Attorney

The Livingston Firm can help you throughout all stages of obtaining foreign patent protection. Contact a patent attorney from our firm to learn more. We assist clients nationwide, throughout the state of Florida and throughout Southwest Florida, including Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero, Sarasota, Marco Island and Cape Coral.