Good afternoon. We’ve compiled a shortlist of highlights from WIPO’s PCT newsletter, a resource for IP professionals and patent applicants looking to stay on top of changes associated with the PCT system. Please see a recap of this month’s edition:
- The State Intellectual Property Service of Ukraine (SIPSU) will begin operating as an ISA and an IPEA effective February 5, 2016.
- The Brunei Intellectual Property Office (BruIPO) and the Directorate General of Intellectual Property (Indonesia) notified the International Bureau (IB) that they are prepared to receive and process international applications in electronic form effective January 15, 2016. This brings the total number of receiving Offices to 34 with the ability to receive via the ePCT-Filing method.
- A new release of the ePCT system was deployed on December 17, 2015. Some of the new features include: default access rights will now be set when you create a new international application and for cases where different fees are payable to the receiving Office in different currencies, it is now possible to indicate multiple currencies on the fees screen.
- The Latvian Patent Office informed the IB that it has updated its policies and now waives the requirements to submit a separate power of attorney and/or a copy of a general power of attorney.
- A new Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program began on January 11, 2015 between the National Institute of Industrial Property (Brazil) and the USPTO. This includes accelerated processing of national phase applications on the basis of a PCT application with a positive written opinion from the ISA or the IPEA.