WIPO’s July-August PCT Newsletter Recap

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Good afternoon. We have compiled a list of highlights from WIPO’s PCT newsletter, a popular resource for IP professionals and patent applicants looking to stay updated on changes related to the PCT system. Please see a recap from July’s edition below:

New PCT Contracting State

On June 23, 2016, Djibouti acceded to the PCT, becoming the 150th Contract State to do so. On September 23 it will become bound by the PCT and any international application filed on or after 9/23 will include the designation of Djibouti. Furthermore, citizens of Djibouti will be entitled to file internationally under the PCT as of September 23, 2016.

World Trade Organization 

Liberia and Afghanistan have become Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO), thus bringing the total numbers of Members to 164. Liberia is already part of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property and a member State of the PCT. Afghanistan is neither party to the Paris Convention nor a member State of the PCT.

PCT Statistics 2015

The 2016 edition of the PCT Yearly Review summarizes PCT activities and developments from last year and contains statistics relating to PCT filings and the performance of the patent system in 2015. The PCT Yearly Review is available here for your review.

PCT Patent Prosecution Highway Pilots

 On July 1, 2016, a two way PCT-PPH pilot program began between the Australian Patent Office (IP Australia) and the EPO. Under this program, accelerated processing in the national phase in one country is available on the basis of a PCT application with a positive written opinion from either the ISA or the IPEA.

To access the entire PCT Newsletter, please click here. 

WIPO’s May PCT Newsletter Recap

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Good afternoon. We have compiled a list of highlights from WIPO’s PCT newsletter, a popular resource for IP professionals and patent applicants looking to stay updated on changes related to the PCT system. Please see a recap from May’s edition below:

PCT Working Group – The ninth session of the PCT Working Group was held in Geneva on May 17 – May 20th. Discussions included:

  1. Agreed changes to the PCT Regulations – The Group agreed to forward a number of proposed amendments to the PCT Regulations to the Assembly of the International Patent Cooperation Union (PCT Assembly) for approval at its session in October 2016:
    • the deadline for requesting supplementary international search would be extended from 19 to 22 months from the priority date of the international application.
    • two incompatibility provisions where all notifications had been withdrawn would be deleted.
  2. Electronic Services – The Working Group noted the following documents relating to the development of electronic services:
    • document setting out priorities for the development of ePCT, including the launch of a new look in 2016.
    • document highlighting the potential of the WIPO CASE system to share info on search and examination regarding applications between Offices.
    • report on a pilot program at the EPO to implement eSearchCopy for the electronic transmittal of search copies via the IB.
  3. Training of Examiners – The Working Group discussed the results of a survey regarding the training of substantive patent examiners and approved a set of recommendations for further work by the IB. The follow up of the survey will include efforts by the IB to increase the transparency of the training provided by Offices, encourage Offices to provide more training activities and more.

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WIPO’s May PCT Newsletter Recap

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Good afternoon! Each month, we look through WIPO’s PCT Newsletter to share the latest news impacting the international patent system. As always, there are several country-specific rules, fee changes and patent office notifications to report. Please see below for a recap of the major headlines from May:

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WIPO’s March PCT Newsletter Recap

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Good afternoon! Each month, we look through WIPO’s PCT Newsletter to share the latest news impacting the international patent system. As always, there are several country-specific rules, fee changes and patent office notifications to report. Please see below for a recap of the major headlines from March:

PCT Filings in 2014

 The use of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) grew in 2014, with around 215,000 applications filed, an increase of 4.5% from 2013. The top 10 filing destinations was the same as in 2013, with the USA (28.6% of all filings), Japan (19.7%) and China (11.9%) holding strong as the top 3 countries respectfully. Among the top 10 countries, China saw the largest growth, with a double digit increase of 18.7%. The UK recorded the second fastest growth (+9%), followed by the United States (+7.1%).

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WIPO’s February PCT Newsletter Recap

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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 this month’s edition:

Meeting of International Authorities

The 22nd Meeting of International Authorities under the PCT was held in Tokyo, Japan from February 4th to 5th. The meeting discussed the following 5 issues as possible areas of further work:

1. Transfer of search fees and search copies via the International Bureau (IB)
2. Mandatory replies to negative indications by the ISA/IPEA on national phase entry
3. Formal incorporation of the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) into the PCT
4. Review and identification of reservations
5. Mandatory written opinion in Chapter 11

Other very valuable things were discussed, so please click here to read up on the entire meeting agenda.

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Industry Updates from WIPO’s PCT Newsletter

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Good afternoon, readers. Each month, we look through WIPO’s PCT Newsletter to find the most important updates facing the international patent system:

Electronic Filing & Processing of International Applications
• The total number of receiving Offices which accept ePCT-Filings is now five, with the Finnish Patent and Registration Office joining the list.
• It is important to note that ePCT-Filing can be accessed only via a ePCT private services, which requires the creation of a WIPO user account authenticated with a digital certificate.
European Patent Office: Launching a new feature for eOLF users
• The EPO notified the International Bureau (IB) that on April 22, 2014 it launched a new feature of the EPO Online Filing software (eOLF).
• Further information is available on the EPO’s website here.

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Industry Updates from WIPO’s PCT Newsletter

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Good afternoon! Each month, we look through WIPO’s PCT Newsletter to share the latest news impacting the international patent system. As always, there are several country-specific rules, fee changes and patent office notifications to report. Please see below for a recap of the major headlines from April:

Modified PCT Regulations 

During an annual meeting in Geneva, Switzerland on September 23-October 2, 2013, amendments were made to the PCT Regulations which will begin on July 1, 2014. Please find what this entails here.

PCT forms

Please note that you can now find the September 2012 version of the Demand Form (PCT/IPEA401) in Arabic.  Link here.

PATENTSCOPE News

The PATENTSCOPE search system now includes the national patent collection of Canada, bringing the number of national or regional patent Offices involved to 37.

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Industry Updates from WIPO’s PCT Newsletter

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Next month, WIPO’s PCT Newsletter will celebrate its 20th anniversary.  They invite readers to send thoughts and reflections on the past 20 years to pct.legal@wipo.int, where you can expect certain excerpts to be included in the anniversary issue. In the meantime, please see below for highlights from the February 2014 edition:

Amendments to the PCT Regulations

The following amendments to the PCT Regulations will go into effect on July 1, 2014:

  • (i) requiring International Preliminary Examining Authorities to conduct a “top up” search during international preliminary examination, subject to various exceptions (addition of PCT Rules 66.1ter and 70.2(f)) and
  • (ii) allowing written opinions of the International Searching Authority (in their original language) and informal comments submitted by the applicant in response to such opinions (in their original language) to be publicly available from the date of international publication (deletion of PCT Rule 44ter and amendment of Rule 94.1(b))
  • The text of the amendments was reproduced, in English and French, in the Official Notices (PCT Gazette) on 6 February 2014 and the consolidated text of the Regulations under the PCT, as in force from 1 July 2014, will be available shortly before the entry into force of the amendments.
  • Note that the Report of the Assembly (PCT/A/44/5) is now available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish here:
     

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Industry Updates from WIPO’s PCT Newsletter

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Hello everyone.  WIPO released their first PCT Newsletter for January 2014 and we have compiled some highlights for your consideration.

Four more Offices have signed up to pilot the PCT Patent Prosecution Highway, bringing the number of participating Offices to 17.  The four most recent countries to join the Global PPH Pilot are as follows:

  1. The Hungarian Intellectual Property Office
  2. Icelandic Patent Office
  3. Israel Patent Office
  4. Swedish Patent & Registration Office

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