October 2016 | No. 10/2016


Electronic Filing and Processing of International Applications

Dominican Republic and Panama to begin receiving and processing international applications in electronic form

The National Office of Industrial Property (Dominican Republic) and the Directorate General of the Industrial Property Registry (DIGERPI) (Panama), in their capacities as receiving Offices (RO/DO and RO/PA), have notified the International Bureau under PCT Rule 89bis.1(d) that they are prepared to receive and process international applications in electronic form with effect from 1 November 2016. Both Offices will accept international applications filed using the ePCT‑Filing function in the ePCT Portal.  The applicable electronic filing fee reductions listed in item 4 of the Schedule of Fees are indicated in Fee Table I(a) in respect of those Offices.

The notifications containing the requirements and practices of the above‑mentioned Offices with regard to the filing of international applications in electronic form will be published in the Official Notices (PCT Gazette) on 20 October 2016 at:


(Updating of PCT Applicant’s Guide, Annex C (DO and PA))

New possibility of online transmittal of post-filing documents to the EPO via ePCT

As from 1 November 2016, it will be possible for applicants to use ePCT private services for the online transmittal to the European Patent Office (EPO) of post‑filing documents relating to the international application under PCT Rule 89bis.2, including the demand for international preliminary examination and any amendments under PCT Article 34(2)(b).  It will also be possible to indicate the payment of fees related to the demand. 

For further information, see the “Notice from the European Patent Office dated 23 September 2016 concerning the online filing of subsequently filed documents under the PCT, including the demand under PCT Chapter II”, published in the Official Journal of the EPO, at:



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