WIPO Releases New PCT Video Series

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We are thrilled to have the opportunity to share new videos released by WIPO this week, which are taken from their latest YouTube series “Learn the PCT”. These short programs are packed with information on the Patent Cooperation Treaty, and will prove to be a great resource for applicants and inventors considering foreign filing via the PCT.

Check out the first two episodes below. In episode 1, Deputy Director of the PCT Legal Division, Matthias Reischle, introduces the main procedural steps within the PCT system, examining traditional patent systems, avenues available to applicants seeking international patent protection and more. Then in the second episode, Reischle discusses the actual PCT application, sharing important deadlines and country-specific requirements for applicants.

Episode 1 – Introduction to the PCT System

Episode 2 – Basics of the PCT

For more information on filing your PCT at the national stage, check out our website.

WIPO Releases New PCT Video Series

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We are excited to share with you the next two installments of WIPO’s new YouTube series, “Learn the PCT”.  These short segments educate inventors and applicants on the Patent Cooperation Treaty and the steps one must take to gain patent protection in various countries.  To view the first two episodes, please check out our previous post here.

For your consideration, we have included the third and fourth episodes below.  In episode 3, Matthias Reischle, Deputy Director of the PCT Legal Division, discusses what elements must make up an application  in order for it to be considered.  Among many other things, this includes translations, claims, request forms, drawings, the summary of claimed invention, and more.  In episode 4, he talks about the benefits of declarations and describes how these may be used to anticipate national stage requirements.

Episode 3 – Filing Applications 

Episode 4 – Declarations under Rule 4.17

For more information on filing your PCT at the national stage, check out our website.

Islamic Republic of Iran Accedes to Patent Cooperation Treaty

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The Islamic Republic of Iran became the 148th contracting state of the Patent Cooperation Treaty this month, depositing its instrument of ratification on July 4th, 2013. As with all new PCT members, Iran will be bound by the PCT three months from the date of accession, meaning that any international application filed or or after October 4, 2013 will automatically designate Iran.  This also entitles all nationals and residents the option of filing internationally via the PCT.

Additionally, Iran will automatically be elected in any demand for international preliminary examination under Chapter II of the PCT. This allows applicants the right to demand IPE of his/her international application and elect which contracting states he/she intends to use the results.

Recent accessions to the PCT include:

Learn more about the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).

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!