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 April:
Modified PCT Regulations
During an annual meeting in Geneva, Switzerland on September 23-October 2, 2013, amendments were made to the PCT Regulations which will begin on July 1, 2014. Please find what this entails here.
Please note that you can now find the September 2012 version of the Demand Form (PCT/IPEA401) in Arabic. Link here.
The PATENTSCOPE search system now includes the national patent collection of Canada, bringing the number of national or regional patent Offices involved to 37.
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 email@example.com, 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: