Countries Not Members of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)

Below is a listing of countries that are not members of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).  To receive patent protection in these countries, you will need to file directly in each country without the benefit of the PCT grace period.  There are no guarantees that the list of countries below is correct, up to date or complete.  Members of the PCT change so you should check the listing of PCT Contracting States provided by WIPO.  You should also talk to a patent attorney to see if a country below is in the PCT or not.

Countries Not in PCT (Updated October 9, 2012)

Afghanistan

Andorra

Argentina

Aruba

Bahamas

Bangledesh

Bhutan

Bolivia

Burma (Myanmar)

Burundi

Cape Verde

Cook Islands

Djibouti

Eritrea

Ethiopia

Fiji

Guyana

Haiti

Iran

Iraq

Jordan

Kiribati

Kuwait

Lebanon

Macau

Maldives

Nauru

Nepal

Pakistan

Palau

Paraguay            

Saudi Arabia

Solomon Islands

Somalia

Surinam

Taiwan

Tokelau

Tonga

Tuvalu

Uruguay

Vanuatu

Vatican City

Venezuela

Yemen