WIPO’s February PCT Newsletter Recap

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.

Changes in certain equivalent amounts of the international filing fee, search fee, supplementary search fee and handling fee at various Offices
Following the decision by the Swiss National Bank to discontinue its policy of maintaining a minimum exchange rate floor of 1.20 Swiss francs per euro, the value of the Swiss franc increased against many other currencies between 15% and 20%.

Electronic Filing and Processing of International Applications
: e-filing package preparation available in ePCT-Filing for filing at Canadian Intellectual Property Office – The CIPO as receiving Office has notified the International Bureau (IB) that effective February 2, 2015, it accepts the filing, via CIPO’s e-Filing service.
Saudi Arabia and Latvia: the Saudi Patent Office and the Latvian Patent Office begin receiving and processing international applications in electronic form – These offices have notified the IB that they are prepared to receive and process international applications in electronic form starting February 1, 2015.

PCT Information Update
AT Austria (fees) – The Austrian Patent Office notified the IB of a change in the fee for requesting restoration of the right of priority. Fee now is EUR 229.
DK (Denmark) – The Danish Patent and Trademark Office has notified the IB that it also accepts the filing of documents by email, in addition to fax.
EE Estonia (fees) – Starting January 1, 2015, Transmittal fee – EUR 120 & Fee for priority document – EUR 15
GE Georgia (fees) – Georgia recently informed the IB that national fees are reduced by 70% where the applicant is the inventor, a higher educational institution or an independent scientific research unit, and by 90% where the applicant is a student, pupil, or retiree.
IB International Bureau (fees) – Change of fees as of April 1, 2015 is as follows; Transmittal fee – EUR 96 & Fee for priority document – EUR 48
TH Thailand (location and mailing address):
563 Nonthaburi Road
Bangkasor, Muang
Nonthaburi 11000

Validation of European Patents in Morocco

Last update coming out of February’s PCT newsletter involves an agreement between the EPO and government of Morocco, effective March 1, 2015. Users of the European patent system will soon be able to validate their applications and EPO granted patents outside the European Patent Organization. Morocco will become the first non-member country of the EPO to validate the legal effects of a European patent on its territory.

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