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June 2016 | No. 06/2016

 

Electronic Filing and Processing of International Applications

United States of America:  reminder about new use of the ePCT system for preparing the request form as part of an international application filed with the USPTO

It is recalled that it is now possible to use ePCT for the preparation, validation and download of an e‑filing zip file for subsequent submission of the request form to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) as receiving Office via EFS‑Web (see PCT Newsletter No. 05/2016, page 5, for further information).

China:  new electronic filing software accepted by the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China

On 1 April 2016, the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China (SIPO), in its capacity as receiving Office, started accepting international applications filed using its own “CEPCT software”, in addition to PCT‑SAFE. 

A revised notification containing the requirements and practices of SIPO with regard to the filing of international applications in electronic form will be published in the Official Notices (PCT Gazette) shortly at:

http://www.wipo.int/pct/en/official_notices/officialnotices.pdf

This information will update the PCT Applicant’s Guide, Annex C (CN).

Israel – use of the ePCT system for preparing the request form as part of an international application filed with the Israel Patent Office

As from 20 July 2016, the Israel Patent Office (ILPO) in its capacity as receiving Office (RO/IL) will be prepared to receive and process international applications filed using ePCT‑Filing (in addition to the PCT‑SAFE software) in accordance with the Israel Patent Law and Regulations.  Applicants filing international applications with RO/IL will be able to use ePCT to generate a .zip file containing a validated request form, and then submit the .zip file electronically as part of an international application filed using the ILPO’s electronic filing website.  Applicants will have full online inspection, as well as ability to further correspond electronically.

A revised notification containing the requirements and practices of RO/IL with regard to the filing of international applications in electronic form will be published in the Official Notices (PCT Gazette) shortly at:

http://www.wipo.int/pct/en/official_notices/officialnotices.pdf

This information will update the PCT Applicant’s Guide, Annex C (IL).

Australia and Slovakia: the Australian Patent Office and the Industrial Property Office (Slovakia) will no longer accept PCT-SAFE filings

The Australian Patent Office, which has been accepting international applications filed using the ePCT‑Filing function in the ePCT Portal since April 2014, and the Industrial Property Office (Slovakia), which will start accepting such filings with effect from 1 July 2016, have notified the International Bureau that they will no longer accept international applications in electronic form which have been filed using the PCT‑SAFE software, with effect from 1 September 2016 and 1 October 2016, respectively.  Furthermore, the Industrial Property Office (Slovakia) will no longer accept EPO online filing with effect from 1 October 2016.

This information updates PCT Applicant’s Guide, Annex C (AU and SK).

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