Industry Updates from WIPO’s PCT Newsletter

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

PCT Information Updates 

European Patent Office (EP):

As of April 1, 2014 there will be a change in the amount of the following fees, payable to the EPO as receiving office :

  • Transmittal fee – EUR 130
  • Fee for requesting restoration of the right priority – EUR 635

Spain (ES)

As of January 1, 2014, the following fees have been changed payable to the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office:

  • Transmittal fee – EUR 74.25
  • Fee for priority document – EUR 29.69

Kyrgyzstan (KG)

Please note that the contact details for the Kyrgyz Patent Office have changes as follows:

  • Name of Office: State Service of intellectual Property and Innovation under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic
  • E-mail:,
  • Internet:

New Zealand (NZ)

Change of mailing/email address:

P.O. Box 9241

Marion Square

Wellington 6141

New Zealand

United States of America (US)

There has been a change in the fee for restoration of the right of priority payable to the USPTO as a receiving Office with effect from December 18, 2013:

  • Fee for requesting restoration of the right of priority – USD 1,700
  • In the case of a filing by a “small or micro” entity – USD 850

These are just a few of the exciting updates in the January 2014 PCT Newsletter.  If we have missed anything important, please feel free to share in the comment section below! 



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