New/Updated PCT Resources on the Internet
The January 2010 version of the request form (PCT/RO/101) in Russian, in editable PDF format, is now available at:
PCT Applicant’s Guide
The PCT Applicant’s Guide web page (http://www.wipo.int/pct/en/appguide/index.jsp) has been modified to enable users to navigate more quickly to an Office of interest by clicking on the initial letter of the two-letter country code of the Office concerned. Also, a table of paragraph concordances has been prepared to enable users to update any references they may have to the old chapters and paragraph numbering in the International and National Phases of the Guide, and is available in English and French at, respectively:
PCT Receiving Office Guidelines in French
A fully hyperlinked HTML version of the PCT Receiving Office Guidelines, applicable with effect from 1 July 2009, has been prepared in French and is available at:
ISA and IPEA Agreements
An updated version of the Agreement between the International Bureau of WIPO and the European Patent Office, as in force from 1 July 2010, relating to the functioning of this Office as International Searching and Preliminary Examining Authority under the PCT, which includes provisions concerning supplementary international search, will be published shortly in English and French at, respectively:
PCT in the News
The latest edition of the WIPO Magazine includes an article entitled “Better Drawings Make a Better Patent”, written by Bernadette Marshall, President of NB Graphics and Associates, Inc., who heads a creative team which specializes in the preparation of design and utility patent drawings and trademark illustrations. The article explains why it is so important to have good quality drawings in patent applications, and discusses the requirements that should be met when preparing such drawings.
In another article of the WIPO Magazine, entitled “Economic Downturn Hits WIPO Registration and Filing Services” WIPO’s Director General, Mr. Francis Gurry, explains how “the decline in PCT filings is not as sharp as originally anticipated – last year's results bring us back to just under 2007 levels, when 159,886 international applications were filed”.
These and other extracts from the WIPO Magazine are available at:
By clicking on “WIPO Magazine” in the “related links” box, you will be able to view the complete issue of the WIPO Magazine.