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.