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PCT National Stage Entry Overview

 

 

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Whether you have a PCT application approaching the 30 (or 31) month 
deadline for national stage entry, or are just interested in learning more 
about the process, this overview will help get you more familiar with the filing 
specifics of the PCT countries into which over 98% of all national stage 
filings are made.

Bay Area IP offers an efficient and cost-effective way to enter the national 
stage in multiple countries and regions with a single instruction. 
The requirements of the countries and regions in the Bay Area IP foreign 
filing network are outlined in this overview.

While this is just a preview of Bay Area IP’s vast body of content on the PCT process, we hope you
find it a useful reference as you consider your international patenting strategy, and which firm you will entrust
to establish your global IP.

PCT national stage general information.

Formalities and prices below are not updated. Contact us for the latest.

12 Months

30 / 31 Months

Europe

China

Japan


We File
Priority
Application


We File PCT 
Application

Enter 
National Stage
with Bay Area IP

4 Months

3 Months

Validate / Nationalize

Obtain Grant

France

Germany


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Indicates whether a Power of Attorney, 
signed by the applicant, is required. 

Assignments 

Indicates whether an assignment 
must be lodged if the current 
applicant is not the inventor.

Language 

Indicates the language into which 
the application must be translated.

Translation Extension 

Specifies whether the translation can 
be filed after national stage entry.

Excess Claims Fee

Indicates whether official fees are 
based on the number of claims.

Examination Request

Specifies whether examination is requested 
implicitly at national stage entry (“Included”) 
or is requested later (“Deferred”).

Key to using this guide


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The national stage entry deadline  
(30 or 31 months), measured from 
the PCT application’s priority date.  

Country Notes 

Lists any relevant information 
or requirements unique 
to the country.

Bay Area IP, Request Quote 

Click on this link to request a quote or consult with Bay Area IP
to coordinate the filing and prosecution in that country.



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Power of Attorney 

Yes

Assignments 

Yes

Language 

Arabic

Translation Extension  

Yes 

*

Excess Claims Fee

No

Examination Request 

N/A 

**

DEADlINE

31 

months

Algeria

DZ

Bay Area IP, Request Quote 

COUNTRY NOTES    

*

*

  

The Arabic translation can be filed at 
national stage entry or within two months 
from the national filing date.

**  

Patent applications in Algeria are examined 
as to their forms only without request for 
examination.





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 Notes

Power of Attorney 

Yes

Assignments 

Sometimes 

*

Language 

Portuguese

Translation Extension  

Yes 

**

Excess Claims Fee

No

Examination Request 

Deferred

COUNTRY NOTES 

*

*

  

Assignments are only required if the 
applicant of the priority application is 
different to the applicant of the Brazilian 
application.

**  

Title, abstract and claims must be translated 
by the national stage deadline. To avoid 
urgency surcharges, national stage entry in 
Brazil should ideally be instructed at least a 
clear week before the deadline.

DEADlINE

30 

months

Brazil

BR

Bay Area IP, Request Quote 





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 Notes

Bay Area IP, Request Quote 

AFD China IP Law Office            

www.afdip.com

China PAT Intellectual Property Office            

www.china-pat.com

Power of Attorney 

Yes

Assignments 

Yes

Language 

Spanish

Translation Extension  

No

Excess Claims Fee

Yes

Examination Request 

Deferred

COUNTRY NOTES 

•  Excess claims fee: COP 31000 per claim over 10

•  The published set of claims must be filed at 

national stage entry.

DEADlINE

31 

months

Colombia

CO



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 Notes

Bay Area IP, Request Quote 

Power of Attorney 

Yes

*

Assignments 

Yes

Language 

Spanish

Translation Extension  

No

Excess Claims Fee

No

Examination Request 

Deferred

COUNTRY NOTES 

*

  The Power of Attorney must be notarized at 

your local Honduran consulate or certified via 
the Apostille procedure.

DEADlINE

30 

months

Dominican Republic

DO









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 Notes

DEADlINE

30 

months

Honduras

HN

Bay Area IP, Request Quote 

Power of Attorney 

Yes

*

Assignments 

Yes

Language 

Spanish

Translation Extension  

No

Excess Claims Fee

No

Examination Request 

Deferred

COUNTRY NOTES 

*

  The Power of Attorney must be notarized at 

your local Honduran consulate or certified via 
the Apostille procedure.






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 Notes

Power of Attorney 

No

Assignments 

No

Language 

Japanese

Translation Extension  

Yes

Excess Claims Fee

No

Examination Request 

Deferred

DEADlINE

30 

months

Japan

JP

Bay Area IP, Request Quote 

COUNTRY NOTES    

•   The application must be filed by the 30-month 

deadline; however, the translation may be filed 
up to 2 months thereafter without penalty.


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 Notes

Bay Area IP, Request Quote 

Power of Attorney 

Yes

Assignments 

No

Language 

English

Translation Extension  

N/A

Excess Claims Fee

Yes

Examination Request 

Deferred

COUNTRY NOTES 

•  Excess claims fee: USD 20 per claim over 10

DEADlINE

30 

months

Kenya

KE

Bay Area IP, Request Quote 




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 Notes

DEADlINE

31 

months

Power of Attorney 

Yes

Assignments 

Sometimes

*

Language 

Spanish

Translation Extension  

Yes

Excess Claims Fee

No

Examination Request 

Deferred

DEADlINE

30 

months

Mexico

MX

Bay Area IP, Request Quote 

COUNTRY NOTES 

*

  Assignment documents are only required 

if the applicant of the priority application 
is different to the applicant of the Mexican 
application.


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 Notes

Power of Attorney 

Yes

Assignments 

No

*

Language 

French

Translation Extension  

No

Excess Claims Fee

Yes

Examination Request 

Deferred

DEADlINE

31 

months

Morocco

MA

Bay Area IP, Request Quote 

COUNTRY NOTES 

*

  Assignments are only required when the 

applicant has changed and that change has
not been recorded with the International 
Bureau.

• Excess claims fee: MAD 480 per claim over 10




















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