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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

PCT growth in Thailand

Thailand's accession to the PCT is providing the promised ease and savings for patent applicants. Data from the Thai IPD shows a good take up from major users like US, China, Japan and Korea. 

PCT National Application (Inbound) – started from 1 July 2010
Year
Numbers
2010
28
2011
2,149
2012 (until 24 April 2012)
1,307
Total
3,484
*Credit: TH Receiving Office/DIP


Significantly there is take up from local applicants too:

PCT International Application (Outbound) – started from 24 December 2009
Year
Numbers
2009
4
2010
49
2011
51
2012 – present
19
Total
123

Of course the numbers are small relative to inbound filings, but that's no surprise. Thailand is a larger international filer than its nearest (developmentally speaking) neighbours Philippines and Indonesia - see here.

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