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PCT Regional Phase Filing

The national stage in India is the second of the two major phases of the PCT procedure. Firstly, the applicant has to select the country to file the application, after that national phase starts. If applicant selects the PCT application in India, which is chosen in the demand for preliminary examination filed within 19 months of the priority date. Therefore, the applicant has to enter the national stage within 31 months from the priority date. However, the time limit for national stage entry in India is only 21 months from the priority date, when India is not selected by the applicant in the demand for preliminary examination.

From the earliest priority date of the application or Finally, at 30 months from the filing date of the international application if a priority is claimed, the international phase ends and the international application enters in national and regional phase. Regional and National phases can also be started earlier on the express request of the applicant. If the entry into regional or national phase is not performed within the prescribed time limit, the international application normally ceases to have the effect of a national or regional application.

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