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April 2014 | No. 04/2014

 

PCT Information Update

BY Belarus (fees)

The amounts of the following national fees, payable to the National Center of Intellectual Property (Belarus) as designated (or elected) Office, have changed with effect from 1 January 2014:

For patent:

Filing fee: ...............................................................................................Equivalent in BYR of USD 50

Claim fee for each independent
claim in excess of 1: ...............................................................................Equivalent in BYR of USD 20

Examination fee: ...................................................................................Equivalent in BYR of USD 250

Claim examination fee for each independent claim
in excess of 1: .........................................................................................Equivalent in BYR of USD 150

Claim examination fee for each dependent claim
in excess of 10: .......................................................................................[No change]

Annual fee for the third year: ................................................................Equivalent in BYR of USD 50

For utility model:

Filing fee: ...............................................................................................Equivalent in BYR of USD 100

With regard to the payment of those national fees, the Office has notified the International Bureau that:

– for residents of Belarus, they shall be effected in BYR in accordance with the exchange rate established by the National Bank of Belarus and applicable on the date of payment. In addition, fees are reduced by 75% in case of filing by a natural person, and waived in respect of certain other persons (please refer to the Office for details).

– for non-residents of Belarus, they shall be effected, in USD, CHF, EUR or RUB in accordance with the exchange rate established by the National Bank of Belarus and applicable on the date of payment. Furthermore, the payment shall be made by a resident of Belarus acting on their behalf or a patent attorney registered to practice before the Office.

(Updating of PCT Applicant’s Guide, National Chapter, Summary (BY))

CZ Czech Republic (institutions with which deposits of microorganisms and other biological material may be made)

The address of the Czech Collection of Microorganisms (CCM), an international depositary authority under the Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure, has changed, as follows:

Czech Collection of Microorganisms (CCM)
Kamenice 5/building A25
625 00 Brno
Czech Republic

(Updating of PCT Applicant’s Guide, Annex L)

HU Hungary (fees)

As from 1 June 2014, there will be a change in the equivalent amounts of the international filing fee and the fee per sheet over 30, payable in HUF to the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office as receiving Office, as well as a change in the equivalent amount in HUF of the applicable fee reduction listed in item 4 of the Schedule of Fees, as indicated in Fee Table I(a).

(Updating of PCT Applicant’s Guide, Annex C (HU))

KN Saint Kitts and Nevis (competent International Searching and Preliminary Examining Authorities)

The Intellectual Property Office (Saint Kitts and Nevis) has specified the European Patent Office as competent International Searching and Preliminary Examining Authorities, with effect from 19 March 2014, for international applications filed by nationals and residents of Saint Kitts and Nevis as receiving Office.

US United States Patent and Trademark Office (criterion applied in respect of requests for restoration of the right of priority; fees)

For information on the criterion applied in respect of requests for restoration of the right of priority before the United States Patent and Trademark Office in its capacity as designated Office, as well as for the fees payable for such requests, see “Withdrawal of Notifications of Incompatibility of Certain Modified PCT Rules with National Laws,” above.

Search fee (Australian Patent Office, Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent) (Russian Federation))

As from 1 June 2014, there will be changes in the equivalent amounts payable in NZD for an international search carried out by the Australian Patent Office, and in HUF for an international search carried out by the Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent) (Russian Federation), as indicated in Fee Table I(b).

(Updating of PCT Applicant’s Guide, Annex D (AU and RU))

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