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September 2016 | No. 09/2016

 

PCT Information Update

AU  Australia (fees)

As from 10 October 2016, the amount of the fee for the priority document, payable to the Australian Patent Office as receiving Office, will change to AUD 50.

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

BW  Botswana (location; fees)

The location of the Companies and Intellectual Property Authority (CIPA) (Botswana) has changed, as follows:

Location:                            Plot 181
                                           Kgale Mews
                                           Gaborone
                                           Botswana

The amount of the following national fee payable to CIPA  as designated (or elected) Office has changed (other fees not indicated have not changed):

For utility model certificate:

Annual fee for the first year:................................................ BWP       501       1002

(Updating of PCT Applicant’s GuideAnnex B1 (BW) and National Chapter, Summary (BW))

CZ  Czech Republic (number of copies required; translation requirements)

The Industrial Property Office (Czech Republic) has changed its requirement concerning the number of copies of the international application on paper to be filed with it as receiving Office – it now requires two copies instead of three.

Furthermore, the Office has notified the International Bureau (IB) that, if the language in which the international application is filed is not a language of publication and no translation is required for the purposes of international search (PCT Rule 12.3(a)), the applicant will have to furnish a translation of the application into English (PCT Rule 12.4(a)).

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

GB  United Kingdom (fees)

As from 1 November 2016, there will be a change in the equivalent amounts of the international filing fee and the fee per sheet over 30, payable in GBP to the Intellectual Property Office3 (United Kingdom) as receiving Office, as well as a change in the equivalent amounts in GBP of the applicable fee reductions listed in item 4 of the Schedule of Fees, as indicated in Fee Table I(a).

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

IS  Iceland (fees)

As from 1 November 2016, there will be a change in the equivalent amounts of the international filing fee and the fee per sheet over 30, payable in ISK to the Icelandic Patent Office as receiving Office, as well as a change in the equivalent amounts in ISK of the applicable fee reductions listed in item 4 of the Schedule of Fees, as indicated in Fee Table I(a).

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

KW  Kuwait (general information;  summary of requirements for entry into the national phase; competent International Searching and Preliminary Examining Authorities)

It is recalled that Kuwait became bound by the PCT on 9 September 2016.  General information about Kuwait as a PCT Contracting State, as well as information on the requirements of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Trademarks and Patent Department (Kuwait) as designated (or elected) Office, have been published in the PCT Applicant’s Guide – see Annex B1 (KW) and the National Chapter, Summary (KW) at:

http://www.wipo.int/pct/guide/en/

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Trademarks and Patent Department (Kuwait) has delegated its receiving Office functions to the International Bureau, and has specified the Egyptian Patent Office and the European Patent Office as competent International Searching and Preliminary Examining Authorities, for international applications filed by nationals and residents of Kuwait with the International Bureau as receiving Office. (Note that the European Patent Office is a competent International Preliminary Examining Authority only if the international search is being or has been carried out by that Office.)

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

NO  Norway (furnishing of copies of international applications)

The Norwegian Industrial Property Office has changed its requirement regarding whether a copy of the international application is to be furnished to it as designated (or elected) Office.  The applicant should now only send a copy of the international application if he/she has not received Form PCT/IB/308 and the Office has not received a copy of the international application from the IB under PCT Article 20. This may be the case where the applicant expressly requests an earlier start of the national phase under PCT Article 23(2).

(Updating of PCT Applicant’s Guide, National Chapter, Summary (NO))

QA  Qatar (location and mailing address; e-mail)

The location and mailing address of the Intellectual Property Department (Qatar) have changed, and the Office has notified an additional e-mail address, as follows:

Location:                          Ministry of Economy and Commerce
                                         Lussail City
                                         P.O. Box 1968
                                         Doha
                                         Qatar

E-mail:                              aalsada@mec.gov.qa
                                         kjalhitmi@mec.gov.qa

(Updating of PCT Applicant’s Guide, Annex B1 (QA))

SG  Singapore (fees; language accepted for international search and preliminary examination)

As from 1 October 2016, there will be a change in the equivalent amounts of the international filing fee and the fee per sheet over 30, payable in SGD to the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) as receiving Office, as well as a change in the equivalent amounts in SGD of the applicable fee reductions listed in item 4 of the Schedule of Fees, as indicated in Fee Table I(a).

IPOS, in its capacity as International Searching and Preliminary Examining Authority, has notified the IB that, for international applications filed with the IB as receiving Office, it will, for the purposes of international search and preliminary examination, respectively, accept, with effect from 1 October 2016, international applications filed in Chinese, in addition to those filed in English.  Note, however, that English will remain the only language in which the international application may be filed with IPOS as receiving Office.

(Updating of PCT Applicant’s Guide, Annex CD and E (SG))

SK  Slovakia (translation requirements)

The Industrial Property Office (Slovakia) has notified the IB that, if the language in which the international application is filed is not a language of publication and no translation is required for the purposes of international search (PCT Rule 12.3(a)), the applicant will have to furnish a translation of the application into English (PCT Rule 12.4(a)).

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

ZA  South Africa (fees)

As from 1 November 2016, there will be a change in the equivalent amounts of the international filing fee and the fee per sheet over 30, payable in ZAR to the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) (South Africa) as receiving Office, as well as a change in the equivalent amounts in ZAR of the applicable fee reductions listed in item 4 of the Schedule of Fees, as indicated in Fee Table I(a).

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

Search fee (Austrian Patent Office, European Patent Office, Japan Patent Office, Nordic Patent Institute, Swedish Patent and Trademark Office, United States Patent and Trademark Office)

As from 1 November 2016, there will be changes in the equivalent amounts payable in the currencies specified below for international searches carried out by the following Offices:

Austrian Patent Office.................................................................... ZAR

European Patent Office................................................................. GBP, ISK, ZAR

Japan Patent Office....................................................................... KRW

Nordic Patent Institute................................................................... ISK

Swedish Patent and Registration Office........................................ ISK

United States Patent and Trademark Office................................. ZAR

The above-mentioned changes are indicated in Fee Table I(b).

(Updating of PCT Applicant’s Guide, Annexes D (AT, EP, JP, SEUS and XN))

Handling fee (Intellectual Property Office of Singapore)

As from 1 October 2016, there will be a change in the equivalent amount of the handling fee, payable in SGD to the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore as International Preliminary Examining Authority, as indicated in Fee Table II.

(Updating of PCT Applicant’s Guide, Annex E (SG))

  1. Applicable in the case of filings by individuals and small entities whose number of employees does not exceed 100 persons.
  2. Applicable in the case of filings by companies other than small entities.
  3. Intellectual Property Office is an operating name of the Patent Office.

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