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PCT/National Stage Patents


1914 Akron-Peninsula Road
Akron, OH 44313
Phone: 330-434-9999
Fax: 330-434-8888


Every patent application submitted under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) enables the applicant to choose protection in any of the 150+ member countries. Upon reaching the appropriate deadline (30 months from your earliest priority in many countries, including the U.S.), individual countries may be entered through the national phase. Frequently referred to as the National Phase in many countries, this phase is referred to as the National Stage in the United States.

At the law firm of Emerson Thomson Bennett, our lawyers have extensive experience with National Stage entry from PCT patent applications.

If you are an intellectual property law firm from outside the U.S. needing representation for entry into the U.S. National Stage, we will assist you at every step in the process.

  • We work closely with you to ensure that deadlines for National Stage entry are met.

  • We also work with you to gather all of the necessary information such as the information disclosure statement (IDS) materials, the inventor’s declaration, proper assignments, powers of attorney, and any other required materials for your client’s National Stage entry.

  • Once the application is filed, we will keep track of the progress of the application and track all necessary dates throughout the prosecution process.

  • We also welcome all input from you with respect to the prosecution of the application.

Contact our office in Akron, Ohio, to discuss your client’s U.S. National Stage entry needs and receive a no-obligation cost estimate. We welcome your inquiry via email and will provide a prompt reply.

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