Patents – which countries to file in?

By Duncan Bucknell
  1. List key markets in size order.
  2. Add countries where competitors will manufacture.
  3. Add other particularly important countries for logistics – eg. is there a country that everyone will have to transit through?
  4. Review and reorder the list based on overall strategic importance with the above factors in mind.
  5. Get a quote from your patent attorney or a specialist national phase entry firm (if you’d previously filed a PCT).
  6. Go down the list until you hit your budget limit.


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