This is one of the most common questions we receive every day from our clients. If you filed a PCT International Stage application and the 30/31 months deadline is fast approaching, you need to decide to which countries you will extend your rights.
After 25 years of experience filing patents around the world, we concluded there is no answer that can fit every situation. Every case is different and you need to make a deep analysis before taking that decision. Why? Because once the deadline has passed, you cannot file a patent application later on. Therefore, this is an opportunity you have to use responsibly. Remember: in all those countries in which you do not have patent protection, your invention will be considered “public domain” and anybody can validly manufacture and sell your product in this country without paying you a cent.
The purpose of this article is to give you some hints you may use to take the best decision for your invention.