Can I obtain a global patent that protects my invention throughout the world?

Patents are granted by individual countries and are enforceable only within the territory of that country. While a global patent does not exist, there is a procedure to file an international patent application under a treaty known as the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). The international patent application will eventually be directed into countries that are members of the PCT, as designated by the Applicant, and the international patent application will be subject to examination in the respective patent offices of each country. As a matter of procedure, the filing of an international patent application under the PCT is administratively more efficient than filing separate patent applications directly in each country where patent protection is desired.

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