signed by more than 50 nations, the treaty enables an inventor to file one international patent application (in addition to the main patent) when applying for a patent in more than one country for the same invention. The treaty was drafted by the WIPO and became effective for member nations in 1978.
An international agreement which permits nationals and residents of a signatory country to seek patent protection in any or all of the signatories by means of a single patent application. See intellectual property rights.
A multilateral treaty among more than 50 nations that is designed to simplify the process of an applicant's seeking a patent on the same invention in more than one nation. Administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization and effective since 1978, the Patent Cooperation Treaty enables an inventor to file a single international application in addition to the main patent application filed in a treaty-member country.