WIPO’s November PCT Newsletter Recap

Good afternoon. We’ve combed through WIPO’s latest PCT Newsletter for November and compiled a list of this issues highlights. To download the entire PCT Newlsetter, please click here

Electronic Filing and Processing of International Applications

  • Brazil’s patent office is now receiving and processing international applications in electronic form, effective October 20, 2014.
  • The EPO began accepting international application using ePCT-Filing on November 1, 2014. This brings the total number of Offices accepting ePCT-Filings to ten, with more to be added in the near future. 

PCT Patent Prosecution Highway (PCT-PPH) Pilots

19 Offices have signed up to join the Global PPH pilot, with the newest additions Austria and Singapore joining on November 1, 2014. Under the pilot, Offices can request accelerated processing based on work products. 

PCT Information Update 

National security provisions (various Offices): The following Offices have provided additional details to the International Bureau concerning restrictions in their national legislation which are applicable when filing international applications with other Offices:

  • AM: Intellectual Property Agency of the Republic of Armenia
  • CN: State Intellectual Property of the People’s Republic of China
  • CY: Department of Registrar of Comapnies and OFficial Receiver of Cyprus
  • DE: German Patent and Trade Mark Office
  • DK: Danish Patent and Trade Mark Office
  • FI: Finnish Patent and Registration Office
  • GB: Intellectual Property Office (United Kingdom)
  • GR: Industrial Property Organization (OBI) Greece
  • IT: Italian Patent and Trademark Office
  • MY: Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia
  • PT: National Institute of Industrial Property (Portugal)
  • RU: Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Russian Federation)
  • SE: Swedish Patent and Registration Office
  • SG: Intellectual Property Office of Singapore
  • US: United States Patent and Trademark Office

Finland (location, mailing address, and other updates):

Location: Arkadiankatu 6A

FI-00100 Helsinki, Finland

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1160

FI-00101 Helsinki, Finland

Italy

There has been a change in the requirements as to who can act as agent before the Italian Patent and Trademark Office – any Italian agent whose name appears on a list maintained by the Office, any lawyer or attorney-at-law whose name appears in the respective professional roll, or any law firm employing such a lawyer or attorney-at-law, may now act as such.

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