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entry in the national phase in the designated States

The applicant has the possibility, up to the 30th month after the priority or filing date, of proceeding with the formalities for the entry in the national or regional phase in the different designated states. These formalities comprise, in most states, the payment of a fee usually equal to the filing fee of a national application and sometimes of an additional search and/or examination fee. Most states further require a translation of the application in one of their national languages as well as the appointment of a local representative.

The procedure is then pursued separately in each state, and the different patent offices will issue office actions independently and are free to decide whether a patent deserve to be granted.

filing international applications with the receiving office
unity of invention
international publication
international preliminary examination report (IPER)
entry in the national phase in the designated States

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