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September 2017 | No. 09/2017

Electronic Filing and Processing of International Applications

Egypt, Peru, and Slovenia: Egyptian Patent Office, National Institute for the Defense of Competition and Intellectual Property Protection (Peru) and Slovenian Intellectual Property Office to begin receiving and processing international applications in electronic form

The Egyptian Patent Office (with effect from 15 September 2017), the National Institute for the Defense of Competition and Intellectual Property Protection (Peru) and the Slovenian Intellectual Property Office (with effect from 1 October 2017), in their capacities as receiving Offices (RO/EG, RO/PE and RO/SI, respectively), have notified the International Bureau (IB) under PCT Rule 89bis.1(d) that they are/will be prepared to receive and process international applications in electronic form.

The Offices will accept international applications filed using ePCT‑Filing.  The applicable electronic filing fee reductions listed in item 4 of the Schedule of Fees are indicated in Fee Table I(a).

Republic of Korea: Korean Intellectual Property Office to begin receiving and processing international applications using ePCT Filing

The Korean Intellectual Property Office in its capacity as receiving Office (RO/KR), which already receives and processes international applications in electronic form, has notified the IB that it will also accept international applications using ePCT‑Filing with effect from 1 October 2017.

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) shortly, at:

http://www.wipo.int/pct/en/official_notices/index.html

The acceptance of ePCT‑Filings by RO/EG, RO/KR, RO/PE and RO/SI brings to 52 the total number of receiving Offices which do so1.

(Updating of PCT Applicant’s Guide, Annex C (EG, KR, PE and SI))

1. ePCT-Filing is now available for online filing with the following receiving Offices: RO/IB, RO/AT, RO/AU, RO/AZ, RO/BG, RO/BN, RO/BR, RO/CH, RO/CL, RO/CO, RO/CU, RO/CZ, RO/DK, RO/DO, RO/DZ, RO/EA, RO/EE, RO/EG,  RO/EP, RO/FI, RO/GE, RO/HU, RO/ID, RO/IN, RO/IR, RO/IS, RO/JO, (from 1.10.17: RO/KR), RO/LV, RO/MA, RO/MX, RO/MY, RO/NO, RO/NZ, RO/OM, RO/PA, (from 1.10.17: RO/PE), RO/PH, RO/PL, RO/PT, RO/QA, RO/RU, RO/SA, RO/SE, RO/SG, (from 1.10.17: RO/SI), RO/SK, RO/TR and RO/ZA.  ePCT can be used to prepare international applications for online filing with the following receiving Offices: RO/CA, RO/IL and RO/US.
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