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PCT MEMBER STATES

PCT MEMBER STATES

An “international” or “PCT” patent application covers all countries/regions which are party to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) (“PCT Member States”) on the day the PCT application is filed, except those which the applicant has deliberately excluded or withdrawn. At present, the PCT covers most of the major industrial countries of the world, but notably not Taiwan, Pakistan, Argentina, Venezuela and most of the Arab world. This page provides a current list of the PCT Member States. For more information about PCT applications, and the PCT process, see our information sheet entitled International (PCT) Applications.

PCT Member States (151) – as at 9 March 2017

Albania – AL Ghana – GH (AP) Norway – NO (EP)
Algeria – DZ
Greece – GR (EP)1 Oman – OM
Angola – AO
Grenada – GD  Panama – PA
Antigua and Barbuda – AG
Guatemala – GT Papua New Guinea – PG
Armenia – AM (EA)
Guinea – GN (OA)1 Peru – PE
Australia – AU
Guinea-Bissau – GW (OA)1
Philippines – PH
Austria – AT (EP)
Honduras – HN Poland – PL (EP)
Azerbaijan – AZ (EA)
Hungary – HU (EP) Portugal – PT (EP)
Bahrain – BH
Iceland – IS (EP)
Qatar – QA
Barbados – BB
India – IN
Romania – RO (EP)
Belarus – BY (EA)
Indonesia – ID Russian Federation – RU (EA)
Belgium – BE (EP)1
Ireland – IE (EP)1 Rwanda – RW

Belize – BZ
Islamic Republic of Iran – IR
St Kitts and Nevis – KN

Benin – BJ (OA)1 Israel – IL St Lucia – LC
Bosnia & Herzegovina – BA2 Italy – IT (EP)1 St Vincent & Grenadines – VC
Botswana – BW (AP)
Japan – JP
San Marino – SM (EP)
Brazil – BR
Jordan – JO7 Sao Tome and Principe – ST
Brunei Darussalam – BN  Kazakstan – KZ (EA) Saudi Arabia (SA)
Bulgaria – BG (EP)
Kenya – KE (AP) Senegal – SN (OA)1
Burkina Faso – BF (OA)1 North Korea – KP Serbia – RS6
Cambodia – KH South Korea – KR Seychelles – SC
Cameroon – CM (OA)1 Kuwait – KW Sierra Leone – SL (AP)
Canada – CA
Kyrgyzstan – KG (EA)
Singapore – SG
Central African Rep. – CF (OA)1 Lao People’s Dem. Rep. – LA
Slovakia – SK (EP)
Chad – TD (OA)1 Latvia – LV (EP)1 Slovenia – SI (EP)1
Chile – CL
Lesotho – LS (AP)
South Africa – ZA
China – CN
Liberia – LR
Spain – ES (EP)
Colombia – CO
Liechtenstein – LI (EP)
Sri Lanka – LK
Comoros – KM (OA)1
Lithuania – LT (EP)
Sudan – SD (AP)
Congo – CG (OA)1 Luxembourg – LU (EP)
Swaziland – SZ (AP)1
Costa Rica – CR
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya – LY
Sweden – SE (EP)
Côte d’Ivoire – CI (OA)1
Macedonia – MK
Switzerland – CH (EP)
Croatia – HR (EP)
Madagascar – MG
Syrian Arab Republic – SY
Cuba – CU
Malawi – MW (AP) Tajikistan – TJ (EA)
Cyprus – CY (EP)1 Malaysia – MY Tanzania – TZ (AP)
Czech Republic – CZ (EP)
Mali – ML (OA)1 Thailand – TH
Denmark – DK (EP)
Malta – MT (EP)1 Togo -TG (OA)1
Djibouti Mauritania – MR (OA)1 Trinidad and Tobago – TT
Dominica – DM
Mexico – MX Tunisia – TN
Dominican Republic – DO
Moldova – MD3,5 Turkey – TR (EP)
Ecuador – EC
Monaco – MC (EP)1 Turkmenistan – TM (EA)
El Salvador – SV
Mongolia – MN Uganda – UG (AP)
Egypt – EG Montenegro – ME2,6 Ukraine – UA
Equatorial Guinea – GQ (OA)1 Morocco – MA3
United Arab Emirates – AE
Estonia – EE (EP)
Mozambique – MZ (AP)
United Kingdom – GB (EP)
Finland – FI (EP) Namibia – NA United States of America – US
France – FR (EP)1 Netherlands – NL (EP)1
Uzbekistan – UZ 
Gabon – GA (OA)1 New Zealand – NZ
Vietnam – VN
Gambia – GM (AP)
Nicaragua – NI
Zambia – ZM (AP)
Georgia – GE Niger – NE (OA)1
Zimbabwe – ZW (AP)
Germany – DE (EP)
Nigeria – NG

Regional Patents

European Patent (EP)4: AL, AT, BE, BG, CH, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, FI, FR, GB, GR, HR, HU, IE, IS, IT, LI, LT, LU, LV, MC, MK, MT, NL, NO, PO, PT, RO, RS, SE, SI, SK, SM, TR
(“Extension” possible for: BA, ME) (“Validation” possible for: MA, MD)

Eurasian Patent (EA)5: AM, AZ, BY, KG, KZ, RU, TJ, TM

OAPI (African Intellectual Property Organisation) Patent (OA): BF, BJ, CF, CG, CI, CM, GA, GN, GQ, GW, KM, ML, MR, NE, SN, TD, TG

ARIPO (African Regional Industrial Property Organisation) Patent (AP): GH, GM, KE, LR, LS, MW, MZ, SD, SL, ST, SZ, TZ, UG, ZM, ZW

1  May only be designated for a Regional Patent (the “national route” via the PCT has been closed).
2  “Extension” of European Patent possible.
“Validation” of European Patent possible (MA, MD).
4  EP does not include Andorra.
5  EA no longer includes Moldova (MD) from 26 April 2012.
6  On 3 June 2006, the former state of Serbia & Montenegro (YU) divided into the Republic of Serbia (RS) and the Republic of Montenegro (ME).
7  Jordan (JO) is available from 9 June 2017.

Please see attached PDF for table on “Process of a Typical PCT Application”

This information is simplified and must not be taken as a definitive statement of the law or practice.