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 ITS fee can be refunded by up to 100 percent if you proceed with an international patent application (a PCT application) through PRV. The percentage depends on how much your PCT application differs from your national application.
Product leaflet - ITS