We appreciate our American colleagues are currently battling a wave of foreign PCT national phase entry patent filings, following the rush of US applications filed in anticipation of provisions of the America Invents Act coming into effect on 16 March 2013.

Whilst the 30 month national phase deadline is imminent for most countries, an extra month is available in Australia and New Zealand (31 months from the priority date). This provides a national phase entry deadline of early to mid-October 2015 for PCT applications with a priority date of early to mid-March 2013.