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International Type Search (ITS)

If you want to apply for a patent in several countries, it can be a good idea to request an International Type Search (ITS), as a complement to your Swedish patent application.

An ITS is carried out in accordance with the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and provides a more complete basis for assessing the conditions for patenting in other countries. The ITS report provides more detailed information about prior art than the opinions you receive in connection with a Swedish patent application.

You can request an ITS when you file your patent application with PRV or another Nordic patent authority, or at the latest three months after filing.


An ITS fee and a filing fee for a national application filed with PRV or another Nordic patent authority.


The search fee in an international application, PCT application, filed with PRV, can be refunded to a greater or less extent depending on, for example, how much your PCT application differs from your national patent application.

More information

Product leaflet - ITS

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