Step 7: File national application(s)

  • Register U.S. copyright(s) before patents issue

  • File regular U.S. patent application

    Within 12 months of filing first provisional
    Within 12 months of making election
    Add limitations of related art, claims

  • File U.S. information disclosure statement

    Discharge duty of disclosure

  • File non-U.S. patent applications

    Within 12 months of filing first U.S. application
    Within 10 months of filing regular U.S. application*
    International (PCT route) filing--can delay filings up to 30 months
    File in other, non-PCT countries