The PCT procedure facilitates the processing of applications for protecting inventions when this protection is required in a number of countries. It establishes a system through which a single application submission produces the same effects as if the application were submitted in each one of the countries that form part of the PCT Treaty.
The SPTO acts as a receiving office for international PCT applications whose holders are Spanish or legal residents of Spain.
The SPTO is also an International Search and Preliminary Examining Authorities.
Two programs can be used for electronic filing: one distributed by the European Patent Office, EPO Online Filing (eOLF), and one provided by the International Bureau of WIPO, PCT-SAFE. Both are free of charge.
Please use the following link for more information on the characteristics of the international PCT application procedure: International PCT application
This section describes the filing of international applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)
The international PCT application procedure is performed through the eOLF platform. The section provides a link to download the eOLF application and instructions for its use.
This section covers formalities following the filing of an international PCT application or the filing of requests for preliminary international examination, such as correction of obvious mistakes, documents relating to fee payments and powers of attorney.
These documents must be filed using the eOLF platform. The section provides a link to download the eOLF application and instructions for its use.
This section covers the filing of applications for international preliminary examinations, in continuation of the international application procedure under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)
The PCT international preliminary examination procedure is performed through the eOLF platform. The section provides a link to download the eOLF application and instructions for its use.
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