We’ve compiled a shortlist of highlights from WIPO’s PCT newsletter, an excellent resource for IP professionals and patent applicants looking to stay on top of changes to the PCT system. Please see below for a recap of the September 2014 edition:
Electronic Filing and Processing of International Applications
ePCT-Filing now available at Eurasian Patent Office!
The Eurasian Patent Office as receiving Office recently notified the International Bureau that it accepts international applications filed using the ePCT-Filing function in the ePCT Portal, effective September 1, 2014. This brings the total number of receiving Offices to six.
PCT Patent Prosecution Highway (PCT-PPH) Pilots
New pilots start between the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China and the Icelandic Patent Office, the Intellectual Property Office (United Kingdom), the Israel Patent Office and the Swedish Patent and Registration Office.
Under these pilots, faster examination in the national phase in one country is available on the basis of a PCT application with a positive written opinion from either the International Searching Authority (ISA) or the International Preliminary Examining Authority.
Accession by Kuwait: On September 2, 2014, Kuwait deposited its instrument of accession to the Paris Convention, bringing the total number of States to 176. Kuwait will become bound by the Paris Convention on December 2, 2014.
PCT Information Update
AU Australia (filing of PCT-EASY requests together with PCT-EASY physical media)
The Australian Patent Office will no longer accept international application with requests in PCT-EASY format from November 1, 2014.
BE Belgium (location and mailing address)
The location and mailing address of the IP Office of Belgium has changed as follows:
Rue du Progrès 50
EP European Patent Office (fees)
There has been a change concerning the reductions in the national fee payable to the European Patent Office as designated Office. In certain cases the examination fee is now reduced by 30% for language reasons.
SE Sweden (fees)
From October 1, 2014, there will be a change in the equivalent amounts of the international filing fee and the fee per sheet over 30, payable in SEK to the Swedish Patent and Registration Office as receiving Office, as well as a change in the equivalent amounts in SEK of the fee reductions.
Check back in October for a recap of the next edition of the WIPO PCT Newsletter. Follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP for more updates! Have a great night.