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October 2018 | No. 10/2018

 

PCT Information Update

AU  Australia (fees)

As from 1 December 2018, there will be a change in the equivalent amounts of the international filing fee and the fee per sheet over 30, payable in AUD to the Australian Patent Office as receiving Office, as well as a change in the equivalent amounts in AUD of the applicable 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 (AU))

BY  Belarus (fees)

The amount of the following fee, payable to the National Center of Intellectual Property (Belarus) as receiving Office, has changed:

Fee for requesting restoration of the right of priority:................          BYN         98

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

CN  China (name of Office and Internet address)

The English‑language name and the Internet address of the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China have changed, as follows:

Name of Office:               National Intellectual Property Administration, PRC (CNIPA)

Internet address              http://www.cnipa.gov.cn/

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

EP  European Patent Office (means of telecommunication)

The European Patent Office has notified the International Bureau (IB) of a change concerning the transmittal of documents by fax – in the case of a withdrawal, the original of the document is only required upon invitation by the EPO.

(Updating of PCT Applicant’s Guide, Annex B2 (EP))

IS  Iceland (fees)

As from 1 December 2018, 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 amounts in ISK of the applicable 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))

MC  Monaco (receiving Office functions)

The Intellectual Property Division, Department of Economic Expansion (Monaco) has notified the IB that, with effect from 1 December 2018, it will delegate its receiving Office functions to the European Patent Office.

(Updating of PCT Applicant’s Guide, Annex B1 (MC) and deletion of Annex C (MC) on 1 December 2018)

NL  Netherlands (electronic filing)

For information on the non‑acceptance by the Netherlands 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”.

NZ  New Zealand (location; telephone and fax numbers; e-mail address; means of telecommunication; evidence of mailing a document; provisions relating to provisional protection; fees; special requirements for entry into the national phase)

The location of the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) has changed, and the Office has notified an additional telephone number and e‑mail address.  The location, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses to be used are as follows:

Location:                         15 Stout Street
                                        Wellington 6011
                                        New Zealand

Telephone:                      (64-3) 962 26 07 (international calls)
                                        0508 447 669 (national free calls)
                                        1800 796 338 (free calls from Australia)

E-mail:                             info@iponz.govt.nz (general enquiries)
                                        epct@iponz.govt.nz (enquiries concerning ePCT)

The Office has discontinued the use of its facsimile machine and therefore no longer accepts the filing of documents by fax.  In addition, the Office has notified the IB that it will no longer accept evidence of mailing a document, in case of loss or delay, where a delivery service other than the postal authorities is used.

The Office has also notified its provisions relating to provisional protection in New Zealand after international publication, as follows:

Section 81 of the New Zealand Patents Act 2013 provides that after the complete specification has become open to public inspection and before the patent is granted the nominated person (as defined in section 5) is taken to have generally the same privileges and rights as if the patent had been granted on the day that the specification became open to public inspection except the nominated person cannot bring a proceeding until after the patent has been granted.

As from 1 December 2018, there will be a change in the equivalent amounts of the international filing fee and the fee per sheet over 30, payable in NZD to the Office as receiving Office, as well as a change in the equivalent amounts in NZD of the applicable fee reductions listed in item 4 of the Schedule of Fees, as indicated in Fee Table I(a).

The Office has removed one of its requirements under PCT Rule 51bis for entry into the national phase – a declaration concerning the inventor and the right of the applicant to apply for a patent is no longer required.

(Updating of PCT Applicant’s Guide, Annexes B1 (NZ), C (NZ) and National Chapter, Summary (NZ))


OM  Oman (location and mailing address)

The location and the mailing address of the Intellectual Property Department, Ministry of Commerce and Industry (Oman) have changed, as follows:

Location:                          Way 3505, Ruwi 112
                                         Muscat
                                         Oman

Mailing address:               P.O. Box 550
                                         Muscat
                                         Oman

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

RS  Serbia (fees)

The amounts of the following fees, payable to the Intellectual Property Office (Serbia) as receiving Office, have changed with effect from 1 July 2018:

Transmittal fee:................................................................................       RSD        7,7001

Fee for priority document:

– for the first document up to ten pages:.............................       RSD         1,850

– for each subsequent document up to 10 pages:..............        RSD            470

Fee for requesting restoration of the right of priority:......................        RSD         3,090

In addition, as from 1 October 2018, the Office will no longer accept payment in CHF of the international filing fee and fee per sheet in excess of 30.  As from that date, these fees will be payable to the Office in EUR only.

The amounts of the following fees, payable to the Office as designated (or elected) Office, have changed with effect from 1 July 2018 (other fees not indicated have not changed):

For patent:

– Filing fee: ..........................................................................       RSD        7,7001

– Claim fee for each claim in excess of 10:..........................       RSD           7601

– Reduced examination fee for international applications:...       RSD        7,7001

– Annual fee for the first three years: ..................................        RSD      10,8001

For petty patent:

– Filing fee: .........................................................................         RSD        7,7001

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

SK  Slovakia (means of telecommunication)

The Industrial Property Office (Slovakia) has notified the IB that, with effect from 14 January 2019, it will discontinue the use of its facsimile machine and will no longer accept the filing of documents by fax.

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

UG  Uganda (special provisions concerning the deposit of microorganisms and other biological material)

The Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) has notified its requirements concerning the deposit of microorganisms and other biological material, as indicated in the PCT Applicant’s Guide, Annex L at:

http://www.wipo.int/pct/guide/en/gdvol1/annexes/annexl/anx_l.pdf

(Updating of PCT Applicant’s Guide, Annex L)

ZA  South Africa (fees)

As from 1 December 2018, there will be a change in the equivalent amounts of the international filing fee and the fee per sheet over 30, payable in ZAR to the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) (South Africa) as receiving Office, as well as a change in the equivalent amounts in ZAR of the applicable 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 (ZA))

Search fee and other fees relating to the international search (Australian Patent Office, Austrian Patent Office, European Patent Office, Indian Patent Office, Federal Service for Intellectual Property (ROSPATENT) (Russian Federation), National Institute of Industrial Property (Brazil)

As from 1 December 2018, there will be changes in the equivalent amounts in the currencies specified below for international searches carried out by the following Offices:

Australian Patent Office ................................................................          CHF, ZAR

Austrian Patent Office....................................................................          ZAR

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

Federal Service for lntellectual Property (ROSPATENT)
(Russian Federation)......................................................................          USD

Indian Patent Office........................................................................          CHF, EUR

National lnstitute of lndustrial Property (Brazil).........................          CHF, EUR, USD

The above-mentioned changes are indicated in Fee Table I(b).

(Updating of PCT Applicant’s Guide, Annex D (AT, AU, BR, EP, IN and RU))

Preliminary examination fee and other fees relating to the preliminary examination (Australian Patent Office)

As from 1 December 2018, there will be a change in the amount of the handling fee payable to the Australian Patent Office as International Preliminary Examining Authority. The new amount is AUD 289.

(Updating of PCT Applicant’s Guide, Annex E (AU))

1. This fee is reduced by 50% where the international application is filed by a natural person.

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