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 March:
PCT Filings in 2014
The use of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) grew in 2014, with around 215,000 applications filed, an increase of 4.5% from 2013. The top 10 filing destinations was the same as in 2013, with the USA (28.6% of all filings), Japan (19.7%) and China (11.9%) holding strong as the top 3 countries respectfully. Among the top 10 countries, China saw the largest growth, with a double digit increase of 18.7%. The UK recorded the second fastest growth (+9%), followed by the United States (+7.1%).
2015 PCT User Survey
WIPO is conducting a user survey of the community in an effort to assess customer satisfaction in respect to the PCT. If interested in participating in the survey, send an email with the subject line “Participation in the 2015 PCT Survey” to email@example.com.
PCT Information Updates
Brazil (fees) – The transmittal fee for international applications filed on paper has changed to BRL 260.
New Zealand (email address; fees) – The email address of the Intellectual Property Office has changed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, there is no longer a fee for the priority document.
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