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June 2016 | No. 06/2016

 

PCT Information Update

AP  African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) (fees)

The amounts of the following national fees, payable to the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO), have changed with effect from 1 January 2016 (other fees not indicated have not changed):

For patent:

Filing fee:

–  online:................................................................................ USD            200

–  on paper:........................................................................... USD            250

For utility model:

Filing fee:

–  online:................................................................................ USD              80

–  on paper:........................................................................... USD            100

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

AU  Australia (electronic filing)

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

CN  China (electronic filing)

For information on the acceptance by the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China (SIPO), in its capacity as receiving Office, of international applications filed using its own “CEPCT software”, see “Electronic Filing and Processing of International Applications,” above.

IL  Israel (electronic filing)

For information on the acceptance by the Israel Patent Office, in its capacity as receiving Office, of .zip files containing validated request forms prepared using ePCT‑Filing, see “Electronic Filing and Processing of International Applications,” above.

KR  Republic of Korea (e-mail notifications)

The Korean Intellectual Property Office has clarified the procedure that applicants should follow to obtain notifications from the Office by e‑mail.  Applicants who provide an e‑mail authorization in their international application will now be sent by e‑mail:

  • an encrypted copy of the International Search Report (PCT/ISA/210) which can be opened using a password which appears at the bottom of the Notification of Receipt of Search Copy (PCT/ISA/202); and
  • an encrypted copy of the International Preliminary Report on Patentability (Chapter II of the Patent Cooperation Treaty) (PCT/IPEA/409) which can be opened using a password which appears at the bottom of the Notification of Receipt of Demand by Competent International Preliminary Examining Authority (PCT/IPEA/402).

(Updating of PCT Applicant’s Guide, Annexes D (KR) (new footnote 1) and E (KR) (new footnote 1))

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 1 July 2016, the Korean Intellectual Property Office, in addition to the European Patent Office, the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, 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 (general information)

Further to the information published in PCT Newsletter No. 05/2016, information on the requirements of the Intellectual Property Department, Ministry of Commerce and Industry (Oman) as receiving Office has been published in the PCT Applicant’s Guide (Annex C (OM)) on the PCT website at:

http://www.wipo.int/pct/guide/en/gdvol1/annexes/annexc/ax_c_om.pdf

PA  Panama (summary of requirements for entry into the national phase)

Information on the requirements of the Directorate General of the Industrial Property Registry (DIGERPI) (Panama) as designated (or elected) Office has been published in the PCT Applicant’s Guide (National Chapter, Summary (PA)) on the PCT website at:

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

SK  Slovakia (electronic filing)

For information on the non-acceptance by the Industrial Property Office (Slovakia), in its capacity as receiving Office, of international applications filed in electronic form using the PCT‑SAFE software or EPO online filing, see “Electronic Filing and Processing of International Applications,” above.

SY  Syrian Arab Republic (competent International Searching and Preliminary Examining Authorities)

The Directorate of Commercial and Industrial Property (Syrian Arab Republic) has specified, with effect from 30 May 2016, the Egyptian Patent Office, in addition to the Austrian Patent Office, the European Patent Office and the Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent) (Russian Federation) as competent International Searching and Preliminary Examining Authority for international applications filed by nationals and residents of the Syrian Arab Republic with the Directorate of Commercial and Industrial Property, or with the IB, as receiving Office.

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

XV  Visegrad Patent Institute (fees, information on requirements of the Office as International Searching Authority, Authority specified for supplementary search and International Preliminary Examining Authority)

Further to the notification by the Visegrad Patent Institute that it would begin functioning as an International Searching Authority, an Authority specified for supplementary search and an International Preliminary Examining Authority with effect from 1 July 2016 (see PCT Newsletter No. 05/2016), information on the fees payable to the Office, as well as the requirements of the Office, will be available shortly in the PCT Applicant’s Guide, Annexes D (XV), SISA (XV) and E (XV) at, respectively:

http://www.wipo.int/pct/guide/en/gdvol1/annexes/annexd/ax_d_xv.pdf

http://www.wipo.int/pct/guide/en/gdvol1/annexes/annexsisa/ax_sisa_xv.pdf

http://www.wipo.int/pct/guide/en/gdvol1/annexes/annexe/ax_e_xv.pdf

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

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

Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent)
(Russian Federation)......................................................................          CHF, EUR

Japan Patent Office........................................................................          SGD

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

Supplementary search fee (Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent) (Russian Federation))

As from 1 August 2016, there will be a change in the amounts payable in CHF for a supplementary international search carried out by the Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent) (Russian Federation).  The new amounts are indicated in Fee Table I(c).

(Updating of PCT Applicant’s Guide, Annex SISA (RU))

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