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PATENT COOPERATION TREATY (PCT)

A unified procedure for applying for international patent protection of a single invention within countries who have signed the treaty. The PCT greatly simplifies the process of applying for patent protection in multiple countries and allows applicants to defer payment of certain fees longer than if an application had been sent directly to any of the 142 member countries.