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First steps to a more open PCT


To introduce Managing IP’s annual PCT?Survey, Simon Crompton and Peter Leung explain how patent owners should make use of the PCT’s new third-party observation system

The first three months of the new crowd-sourcing programme at the PCT have gone well. As of September 13, there had been 15 third-party observations. That may not seem like a lot out of around 30,000 patent applications, but it...


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