Good afternoon! Each month, we look through WIPO’s PCT Newsletter to share the latest news impacting the international patent system. As always, there are several country-specific rules, fee changes and patent office notifications to report. Please see below for a recap of the major headlines from May:
Electronic Filing and Processing of International Applications
The Estonian Patent Office, Hungarian Intellectual Property Office and the Turkish Patent Institute have begun receiving electronic applications. The Offices will accept international applications filed using the ePCT-Filing function in the ePCT portal. This brings the total number of receiving Offices that accept ePCT-Filings to 19.
PCT Information Update
Italy – The telephone number and the email address of the Italian Patent and Trademark Office have changed. Telephone: (39-06) 47 05 58 00, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Republic of Korea – The address of the Korean Collection for Type Cultures (KCTC), an international depositary authority under the Budapest Treaty, has changed to the following:
Republic of Korea
Saudi Arabia – The Office has informed the International Bureau (IB) of changes concerning the filing of documents by fax – the original of the document must now be furnished within 14 days from the date of the invitation, instead of 14 days from the date of transmission.
Sudan – There has been a change in the requirements as to whether the Office would accept evidence of mailing of a document when a delivery service other than the post office is used, it will now accept such evidence.
Advanced PCT Seminar at WIPO Headquarters
An advanced PCT seminar on the procedural aspects of the international and national phases, recent and future PCT developments, and the filing and management of PCT applications in ePCT, will be held at WIPO Headquarters in Geneva on September 24th and 25th. There is no registration fee for the seminar, which is limited to 50 participants.
Check back in next month for the June recap!