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September 2017 | No. 09/2017

 

PCT Information Update

CA Canada (special requirements for entry into the national phase)

There has been a change in one of the requirements under PCT Rule 51bis of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office as designated (or elected) Office with effect from 21 September 2017:  if the applicant does not reside or carry out business in Canada, the Office will no longer require the appointment as a representative for service of a person or firm residing or carrying on business at a specified address in.

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


EC Ecuador (special requirements for entry into the national phase)

The following two requirements have been added to the list of special requirements under PCT Rule 51bis of the Ecuadorian Institute of Intellectual Property as designated (or elected) Office:

- Instrument of assignment of the priority right where the applicants are not identical

- Instrument of assignment of the international application if the applicant has changed after the international filing date

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

EG Egypt (electronic filing)

For information on the acceptance, with effect from 15 September 2017, by the Egyptian Patent Office as receiving Office of international applications filed using ePCT-Filing, as well as information on the electronic filing fee reductions listed in item 4 of the Schedule of Fees that will be applicable, see “Electronic Filing and Processing of International Applications”.

EP European Patent Office (fees)

The European Patent Office (EPO) has notified a change in the exemptions, reductions or refunds of the national fee – the search fee is now reduced by EUR 1,110 for international applications for which the international search report or a supplementary international search report has been established in accordance with the Protocol on Centralisation by the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office.  It is recalled that this reduction is already available if those reports have been established by the Austrian Patent Office or in accordance with the Protocol on Centralisation by the Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH), the Nordic Patent Institute, the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office, the Swedish Patent and Registration Office or the Visegrad Patent Institute (VPI).

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

IS Iceland (fees)

As from 1 October 2017, there will be a change in the equivalent amounts of the international filing fee and the fee per sheet over 30, payable in ISK to the Icelandic Patent Office as receiving Office, as well as a change in the equivalent amount in ISK of the applicable filing fee reductions listed in item 4 of the Schedule of Fees, as indicated in Fee Table I(a).

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

JO Jordan (competent International Searching and Preliminary Examining Authorities)

The Industrial Property Protection Directorate, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply (Jordan) has specified, with effect from 11 August 2017, the Austrian Patent Office, in addition to the Australian Patent Office and the European Patent Office, as competent International Searching and Preliminary Examining Authority for international applications filed by nationals and residents of Jordan with the Industrial Property Protection Directorate, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply (Jordan), or with the International Bureau, as receiving Office.

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

KG Kyrgyzstan (fees)

The State Service of Intellectual Property and Innovation under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic has waived the transmittal fee and the fee for priority document, which were payable to it as receiving Office.  There has also been a change in the currency of payment of the fee for requesting restoration of the right of priority – the new amount is KGS 3,500.  

There has also been a change in the amounts of the following national fees, payable to the Office as designated (or elected) Office:

Filing and provisional examination fee:......................................         KGS         8,000

Claim fee for each independent claim in excess of one:......         KGS         1,500

Examination fee:........................................................................          KGS       15,000

Claim examination fee for each independent claim in
excess of one:.....................................................................           KGS         7,500

Renewal fee for the third year:............................................           KGS         8,500

Note that for non‑residents of Kyrgyzstan, the equivalent amount of all the above‑mentioned fees can be paid in euro or US dollar, in accordance with the exchange rate established by the National Bank of Kyrgyzstan and applicable on the date of payment.

There has also been a change in the conditions for obtaining a refund of the national fee, and certain persons are now exempt from payment of the fee.  The conditions for benefitting from a reduction or exemption are as follows:

Fees are reduced by 90% where the applicant is a natural person or a non‑commercial organization.  Participants in the Great Patriotic War or persons equated to them, as well as persons with “Group 1” disabilities, are exempted from the payment of fees.

(Updating of PCT Applicant’s Guide, Annex C (KG) and National Phase, Summary (KG))

KR Republic of Korea (electronic filing)

For information on the acceptance, with effect from 1 October 2017, by the Korean Intellectual Property Office as receiving Office of international applications filed using ePCT-Filing, see “Electronic Filing and Processing of International Applications”.

MZ Mozambique (fees)

The amounts of the following national fees, payable to the Office as designated (or elected) Office, have changed with effect from 15 July 2017:

For patent:

Filing fee:................................................................................         MZM         8,100

Annual fee for the first year:1..................................................         MZM         1,275

Annual fee for the second year:1............................................         MZM         1,725

For utility model:

Filing fee:................................................................................         MZM         2,775

Annual fee for the first and second year, per year:.................         MZM         1,275

The Office has notified a change concerning the provisions relating to the exemptions, reductions or refunds of the national fee – the text should now refer to Articles 233 and 234 of the Industrial Property Code, Decree No. 47/2015.

(Updating of PCT Applicant’s Guide, National Phase, Summary (MZ))

NI Nicaragua (telephone and fax numbers; e mail and Internet addresses; means of telecommunication)

The telephone number and the e‑mail address of the Registry of Intellectual Property (Nicaragua) have changed, and the Office has deleted one of its Internet addresses.  The number and addresses to be used are as follows:

Telephone:                      (505) 2248 9300

E‑mail:                            ezuniga@rpi.gob.ni
                                       alarguello@rpi.gob.ni

Internet:                          www.mific.gob.ni

The Office has discontinued the use of its facsimile machine.  As a result of this, the Office no longer accepts the filing of documents by fax, and it now accepts the submission of documents by e‑mail.

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

NO Norway (fees)

As from 1 November 2017, there will be a change in the equivalent amounts of the international filing fee and the fee per sheet over 30, payable in NOK to the Norwegian Industrial Property Office as receiving Office, as well as a change in the equivalent amount in NOK of the applicable filing fee reductions listed in item 4 of the Schedule of Fees, as indicated in Fee Table I(a).

(Updating of PCT Applicant’s Guide, Annex C (NO))

PE Peru (electronic filing)

For information on the acceptance, with effect from 1 October 2017, by the National Institute for the Defense of Competition and Intellectual Property Protection (Peru) as receiving Office of international applications filed using ePCT‑Filing, as well as information on the electronic filing fee reductions listed in item 4 of the Schedule of Fees that will be applicable, see “Electronic Filing and Processing of International Applications”.

RS Serbia (addendum and corrigendum)

Further to the information published in PCT Newsletter No. 07-08/2017 regarding the fee for priority document payable to the Intellectual Property Office (Serbia) as receiving Office, the fee for each subsequent document up to ten pages has also changed with effect from 1 July 2017.  The new amount is RSD 460.

Furthermore, the description of one of the fees payable to the Office as designated (or elected) Office was erroneously indicated and should have read “claim fee for each claim in excess of 10” instead of “claim fee for each claim in excess of three”.

(Updating of PCT Applicant’s Guide, Annex C (RS) and National Chapter (Summary) (RS))

SI Slovenia (electronic filing)

For information on the acceptance, with effect from 1 October 2017, by the Slovenian Intellectual Property Office as receiving Office of international applications filed using ePCT-Filing, as well as information on the electronic filing fee reductions listed in item 4 of the Schedule of Fees that will be applicable, see “Electronic Filing and Processing of International Applications”.

Search fee (Australian Patent Office, Austrian Patent Office, European Patent Office, Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent) (Russian Federation), Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, Israel Patent Office, Korean Intellectual Property Office, State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China)

As from 1 October 2017, there will be changes in the equivalent amounts payable in the currencies specified below for international searches carried out by the following Offices:

Korean Intellectual Property Office..............................................         EUR

State Intellectual Property Office of
the People’s Republic of China...................................................          EUR

As from 1 November 2017, there will be changes in the equivalent amounts payable in the currencies specified below for international searches carried out by the following Offices:

Australian Patent Office................................................................          KRW

Austrian Patent Office...................................................................          KRW, ZAR

European Patent Office................................................................           ZAR

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

Intellectual Property Office of Singapore.....................................            USD

Israel Patent Office......................................................................            EUR

Korean Intellectual Property Office..............................................            AUD

(Updating of PCT Applicant’s Guide, Annex D (AT, AU, CN, EP, IL, KR, RU, SG))

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