Good afternoon. We’ve compiled a shortlist of highlights from WIPO’s December PCT newsletter, an invaluable resource for IP professionals and patent applicants looking to stay up to date with changes made to the PCT system. Please see below for the recap from this month:
Electronic Filing and Processing of International Applications
The Indian Patent Office and the National Institute of Industrial Property (Chile) recently notified the International Bureau that they will receive and process international applications in electronic form starting November 15, 2014 and January 1, 2015 respectively. Since May 2013, over 2,200 international applications have been filed using the e-PCT filing method. Currently, 12 receiving Offices accept electronic filings, with more Offices to join in 2015.
Modifications to Demand Form and Other PCT Forms
Several PCT forms will be modified starting January 1, 2015, relating to International Searching Authority, the Authority specified for supplementary search and the International Preliminary Examining Authority. All modified forms are listed here.
Non-Working Days at the International Bureau at the End of the Year; Changes to Publication Schedule
Non-working days at the International Bureau:
Thursday and Friday, 25 and 26 December 2014 and Thursday and Friday 1 and 2 January 25 2015
The IB will be open for business on:
Monday to Wednesday, 22 to 24 December 2014 and Monday to Wednesday, 29 to 31 December 2014
PCT Information Update
CY Cyprus (location and mailing address; fees)
The location and mailing address of the Department of Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver of Cyprus has changes, as follows:
Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism
Corner Makarios Ave. and Karpenssiou St.
IB International Bureau (fees)
Starting January 1, there will be a change in the equivalent amounts in EUR and USD of the transmittal fee and a change in the equivalent amount in USD of the fee for the priority document, payable to the International Bureau as receiving Office, as follows:
- Transmittal fee: EUR 82, USD 104
- Fee for priority document: USD 52
- Supplement for airmail: USD 10
IL Israel (national security provisions)
The Israel Patent Office has provided additional details to the IB concerning restrictions in its national legislation which are applicable when filing international applications with other Offices.
IN India (electronic filing; fees)
For information on the acceptance by the Indian Patent Office as receiving Office of international applications filed using ePCT-Filing, as well as information on the electronic filing fee reductions listed in item 4 of the Schedule of Fees that are now applicable above.
Please check back next month for more PCT updates!