Question M – Answer

A PCT publication is:

Answer: 3

“always a patent application”

Why? PCT publications are always patent applications. They never mature to an issued patent. As mentioned in answer to question 9, the PCT system is a way to file a single international application benefiting from the international search and examination facilities provided by authorized patent offices. To obtain an actual granted patent, the PCT application must be filed in the national patent offices in the countries where protection is desired.

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