Panama Accedes to Patent Cooperation Treaty

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On June 7th, 2012, Panama deposited its accession to the Patent Cooperation Treaty. The country will officially become the 146th PCT member state as of September 7th, 2012. Congratulations to Panama!

The Patent Cooperation Treaty was signed in 1970 and has since been amended and modified to best serve patent applicants across the globe. It creates several advantages to patent offices and the general public as well. The following is a shortlist of the major benefits the PCT offers:

  • Delays (by up to 18 months) the need to make a firm decision on which countries to enter
  • Reduces administrative burden on global filing offices by providing an international search report and written opinion
  • Cost savings: it can be cheaper than direct filing for multiple countries
  • Creates a more efficient and streamlined process for the world’s corporations, universities, and research institutes who are seeking international patent protection

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Brunei Darussalam Accedes to Patent Cooperation Treaty

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On April 24, 2012, the Government of Brunei Darussalam deposited with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) its intent to accede to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). The Treaty will come into effect on July 24, 2012, making Brunei Darussalam the 145th PCT member state.

Interested in patent protection in Brunei? Here are some interesting patent facts for PCT’s new kid on the block.

  • Patent protection is relatively new to Brunei. They became a member of the Paris Convention effective February 17, 2012.
  • Patents are granted by the Patent Registry Office (PRO) at the Brunei Economic Development Board.
  • Brunei is a first-to-file country.

Although Brunei probably isn’t a high priority for many patent applicants, it’s great to see new countries recognizing the need to develop their internal patent systems.

Do you know of any PCT countries inovia should add to their roster? Let us know!