PCT Committee for Technical Cooperation
The thirtieth session of the PCT Committee for Technical Cooperation was held in Geneva during the period from 8 to 12 May 2017, the same period as the tenth session of the PCT Working Group. The Committee discussed the application of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) to be appointed as an International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) under the PCT.
The Committee also discussed the applications for extension of appointment of all 22 ISA/IPEAs, whose period of appointment will expire on 31 December 2017. The Committee agreed to recommend to the Assembly of the PCT Union the appointment of IPOPHL as an ISA/IPEA and the extension of appointment of all existing ISA/IPEAs. The Committee also approved a draft model agreement to be used as a basis for preparing the individual agreements that each Office or organization will have with the International Bureau in relation to their functioning as an ISA/IPEA with effect from 1 January 2018.
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