Latest Updates from the World Intellectual Property Organization

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I’d like to share some important updates from WIPO’s October PCT Newsletter. Most notably, the WIPO Member States met in late September for the annual PCT Assembly, which was held in Geneva this year. Typically during this time, the Assembly makes amendments to PCT regulations, appoints new International Searching Authorities (ISAs) and International Preliminary Examining Authorities (IPEAs),  and conducts other business related to the PCT system.

The Assembly appointed the State Intellectual Property Service of Ukraine (SIPSU) as an ISA/IPEA under the PCT. This decision will make SIPSU the 19th patent office in the world to be granted this title.  It is unclear when the office will officially begin these operations.

WIPO also released some small, country-specific changes that you should be aware of. It has been noted that all fee changes have already been included in the PCT Fee Tables published in early September:

  • Brazil (BR) – Applicants can now request prioritized examination of their application if they are over 60 years of age and can confirm one of the following: 1) claims in the application are being infringed, or 2) grant of patent is a condition for obtaining funding.
  • Colombia (CO) – Annual patent fees for the 1st to 4th years have changed to COP $206,000 (COP $306,000 in the case of late payment).
  • Croatia (HR) – New requirements have been posted for those who wish to act as an agent before the patent office. Click here and scroll to page 2 for info.
  • Latvia (LV) – The following fees must be paid in euros, beginning on January 1st, 2014: transmittal fee & fee for priority document.
  • Portugal (PT) – Filing/examination fees for patents and utility models have changed as of July 1st. Click here and scroll to page 8.

Finally, the PATENTSCOPE search system now includes PCT national phase information for the following countries: Austria, Cuba, India, New Zealand, and Thailand. The system now covers 48 patent offices. Very exciting!

Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

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Hi everybody! This is what we found in the way of foreign filing news from the week of Feb. 4th (it’s already February!):

  • One report found that the number of patents being filed in the U.S. has increased by “historically high levels.”
  • Colombia recently named several patent offices (the EPO and the Russian Federation, among others) as new International Preliminary Examining Authorities for local applicants.
  • WIPO has updated its PCT Fee Tables to account for slight changes in international filing fees.
  • How are online portals changing the traditional law firm ecosystem? Two experts weigh in>
  • What inventions do you most wish to see in the near future? The techies at Huffington Post compiled their list, and some of these may just line up with yours!

Have a good weekend and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP!

New PCT Patent Prosecution Highway Between Japan and Eurasia

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On February 15, a patent prosecution highway pilot program launched between the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) and the Eurasian Patent Office (EAPO). The new program allows applicants (from both countries) the opportunity to fast-track examination of their application if the invention is deemed patentable by either patent office. This PCT-PPH with the EAPO marks the 25th IP jurisdiction to form a partnership with Japan.

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Friday Foreign Filing Roundup

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Hi everybody! We’ve rounded up the latest in foreign filing and patent news just for you:

We want to hear from you; leave a quick comment below or tweet us at @inoviaIP. Have a good weekend!