Industry Updates from WIPO’s PCT Newsletter

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, 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:

PCT Information Updates

Canada (CA)

  • There have been recent changes as to who can act as an agent before the Canadian Intellectual Property Office as designated Office – any person or firm whose name is entered on the register of patent agents can now act as such. 

European Patent Office (EP)

  • The street of the EPO headquarters has been changed to the following:

Bob-van-Benthem-Platz 1

80469 Munich


Finland (FI)

 Please note the contact details for the National Board of Patents and Reigstration of Finland has changed to the following:

  • Name of Office: Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH)
  • Location:

Arkadiankatu 6 A

Japan (JP)

  • Fee changes: Starting April 1, 2014, there will be a change in the equivalent amounts of the international filing fee and the fee per sheet over 30, payable to the Japan Patent Office, as well as a change in the equivalent amount in JPY of applicable fee reductions.

South Africa (ZA)

  • Fee Changes: As of May 1, 2014, there will be a change in the equivalent amounts of the international filing fee and the fee per sheet over 30, payable in ZAR to the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (South Africa) as receiving Office. 

Please check back in next week as we recap the 20th Anniversary Edition of the PCT Newsletter! If you have any comments or concerns about the above content, please leave a message in the comment section below! Also, read the complete newsletter here.


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