There are several possible strategies when filing patent applications covering more than one country. Although the protection afforded by one or the other option may be comparable or even identical, the choice of strategy may have considerable impact on the costs and notably on their distribution over time.
To help you to obtain a clear picture, P&Ts has published a brochure “Patent Filing Strategies” available in English for the time being, that will be published in French and German later. You may upload it here. This document gives a visual representation of the six popular application strategies, which can be distinguished from each other by the choice of country in which the first application is made.
There is no universal strategy suitable for all situations; the choice depends mainly on the business plan, the status of the project, the available resources, the countries to be protected, etc. Our team of specialised intellectual property counsellors is at your service for a meeting during which they can help you in your decision-making process. We have been advising our Swiss and international clientele since 1998 in a variety of fields. Our broad experience enables us to guide you in the choice of the optimal strategy for your invention in order to best protect it and to keep the costs down as much as possible. Do not hesitate to contact us for personalised advice.