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November 2016 | No. 11/2016

 

PCT Information Update

International filing fee, search fee, supplementary search fee and handling fee (various Offices)

On 1 January 2017, there will be changes in the equivalent amounts, in certain currencies, of the international filing fee, the fee per sheet over 30, the electronic filing reductions (where applicable) listed in item 4 of the Schedule of Fees, the search fee, the supplementary search fee and the handling fee, as indicated in the PCT Fee Tables.

These changes update the following annexes of the PCT Applicant’s Guide (http://www.wipo.int/pct/guide/en/), which will be updated shortly:

  • Annex C (receiving Offices): AM, AP, AU, AZ, BH, BW, BY, BZ, CA, CL, CR, CU, DJ, DO, EA, EC, EG, GB, GE, GH, GT, HN, HU, IB, IL, IN, IS, JP, KE, KG, KZ, LR, MD, MW, MX, NI, NO, NZ, PA, PE, PG, PH, QA, RU, SA, SC, SE, SG, SV, SY, TJ, TM, TT, UA, US, UZ, ZA, ZM, ZW;
  • Annex D (International Searching Authorities): AT, AU, BR, CA, CL, CN, EG, EP, ES, FI, IL, IN, JP, KR, RU, SE, SG, UA, US, XN, XV;
  • Annex SISA (International Searching Authorities (Supplementary Search)): RU, SG, UA; and
  • Annex E (International Preliminary Examining Authorities): AU, CA, CL, EG, IL, IN, JP, KR, RU, SE, SG, US, XN.

BN  Brunei Darussalam (Internet address)

The Internet address of the Brunei Darussalam Intellectual Property Office (BruIPO) has changed, as follows.

Internet:             www.energy.gov.bn/bruipo/Home.aspx

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

DJ  Djibouti (means of telecommunication; evidence of mailing a document)

The Office of Industrial Property and Commerce of Djibouti (ODPIC) has informed the International Bureau (IB) of additional details concerning the filing of documents by means of telecommunication – all kinds of documents may be filed by e-mail, and the original of the document must be furnished within one month from the date of the transmission if the transmitted document is the international application or a replacement sheet containing corrections or amendments of the international application.

In respect of the Office’s willingness to accept evidence of mailing a document, in case of loss or delay, where a delivery service other than the postal authorities is used, it has notified the IB that it accepts such evidence provided that the delivery service is DHL or Federal Express.

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

EP  European Patent Office (electronic filing)

For information on the new possibility for applicants to use ePCT private services for the online transmittal to the European Patent Office of post‑filing documents relating to the international application under PCT Rule 89bis.2, please see “Electronic Filing and Processing of International Applications,” above.

FI  Finland (electronic filing)

For information on the non-acceptance by the Finnish Patent and Registration Office, in its capacity as receiving Office, of international applications filed in electronic form using the PCT‑SAFE software, with effect from 1 January 2017, see “Electronic Filing and Processing of International Applications,” above.

HN  Honduras (summary of requirements for entry into the national phase)

Information on the requirements of the Directorate General of Intellectual Property (Honduras) as designated (or elected) Office has been published in the PCT Applicant’s Guide (National Chapter, Summary (HN)) on the PCT website at:

http://www.wipo.int/pct/guide/en/gdvol2/annexes/hn.pdf

IB International Bureau (fees)

As from 1 January 2017, there will be a change in the equivalent amount in USD of the transmittal fee, payable to the IB as receiving Office.  The new amount will be USD 103.

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

JP  Japan (electronic filing)

For information on the non-acceptance by the Japan Patent Office, in its capacity as receiving Office, of international applications filed in electronic form using the PCT‑SAFE software, with effect from 1 January 2017, see “Electronic Filing and Processing of International Applications,” above.

MX  Mexico (competent International Searching and Preliminary Examining Authorities)

The Mexican Institute of Industrial Property, in its capacity as receiving Office, has specified, with effect from 25 October 2016, the Austrian Patent Office, in addition to the European Patent Office, the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, the Korean Intellectual Property Office, the National Institute of Industrial Property (Chile), the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office, the Swedish Patent and Registration Office and the United States Patent and Trademark Office, as competent International Searching and Preliminary Examining Authority for international applications filed by nationals and residents of Mexico with the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property, or with the International Bureau (IB), as receiving Office. 

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

OM  Oman (competent International Searching and Preliminary Examining Authorities)

The Intellectual Property Department, Ministry of Commerce and Industry (Oman) has specified, with effect from 31 October 2016, the Egyptian Patent Office, in addition to the Australian Patent Office, the Austrian Patent Office, the European Patent Office and the United States Patent and Trademark Office, as competent International Searching and Preliminary Examining Authority for international applications filed by nationals and residents of Oman with the Intellectual Property Department, Ministry of Commerce and Industry (Oman), or with the IB, as receiving Office.

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

US  United States of America (competent International Searching and Preliminary Examining Authorities)

Reference is made to the specification by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), with effect from 1 October 2014, of the Israel Patent Office (ILPO) as competent International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) for certain international applications filed by nationals and residents of the United States of America with the USPTO as receiving Office (RO/US) (see PCT Newsletter Nos. 07-08, 10 and 11/2014 and 04/2016).  The ILPO has notified the IB that the conditions under which it will act as an ISA and IPEA for international applications filed by U.S. applicants will change with effect from 1 January 2017. 

The ILPO will, as from that date, be prepared to act as ISA and IPEA for international applications filed in English by national and residents of the United States of America with the IB as receiving Office (RO/IB), in addition to international applications filed with RO/US.  Note that the maximum number of international applications that it will search during the relevant fiscal quarter will remain at 100. 

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