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July-August 2018 | No. 07-08/2018

 

PCT Information Update

Please note that some of the fee changes announced below were already included in the fee tables that were published in July.

AT  Austria (telephone numbers)

The Austrian Patent Office has notified an additional telephone number.  The telephone numbers to be used are now as follows:

Telephone:               (43-1) 53424-0, (43-1) 53424-450 (PCT services)

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

BB  Barbados (location and mailing address;  telephone and fax numbers)

The location and mailing address and the telephone and fax numbers of the Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office (Barbados) have changed, as follows:

Location and
mailing address:             Ground Floor BAOBAB Tower
                                        Warrens, St. Michael
                                        Barbados

Telephone:                      (1-246) 535-2401, 535-2402     

Fax:                                 (1-246) 535-2444

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

BE  Belgium (institutions with which deposits of microorganisms and other biological material may be made)

The name of the BCCM/LMBP Plasmid and DNA Library collection, one of the collections of the Belgian Coordinated Collection of Microorganisms, an international depositary authority under the Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure, has changed.  The new name is BCCM/GeneCorner Plasmid Collection.

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

BN  Brunei Darussalam (competent International Searching and Preliminary Examining Authorities)

The Brunei Darussalam Intellectual Property Office (BruIPO) has specified, with effect from 21 April 2018, the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, in addition to the Australian Patent Office, European Patent Office and the Japan Patent Office as competent International Searching and Preliminary Examining Authority for international applications filed by nationals and residents of Brunei Darussalam with BruIPO, or with the International Bureau (IB), as receiving Office.

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

CN  China (fees)

The State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China has notified the IB that, with effect from 1 August 2018, the transmittal fee payable to it as receiving Office is no longer required.

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

MN  Mongolia (location and mailing address;  telephone and fax numbers; e-mail address; fees)

The location and mailing address, the telephone and fax numbers and the e-mail address of the Intellectual Property Office of Mongolia have changed, as follows:

Location and
mailing address:             Baga toiruu-49
                                       Ulaanbaatar-46, Mongolia

Telephone:                      (976-11) 316 454

Fax:                                 (976-11) 327 638

E-mail:                             ipinfo@ipom.mn

There has also been a change in the amount of the national fee, payable to the Office as designated (or elected) Office, as follows:

Annual fee for the 1st to the 3rd year:............................................          MNT       10,000

(Updating of PCT Applicant’s Guide, Annex B1 (MN) and National Chapter, Summary (MN))

NA  Namibia (name of Office; location; mailing address; telephone numbers; e-mail and Internet addresses)

The name, location, mailing address, e-mail and Internet addresses of the Registration of Companies, Close Corporations and Industrial Property Rights Office (Namibia) have changed, and the Office has deleted two of its telephone numbers.  The addresses and numbers to be used are as follows:

Name of Office:               Business and Intellectual Property Authority (BIPA) (Namibia)

Location:                         188 Sam Nujoma Drive
Windhoek, Namibia

Mailing address:              P.O.Box 185, Windhoek, Namibia

Telephone:                      (264-61) 299 44 00

E-mail:                             info@bipa.na

Internet:                            www.bipa.na

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

PT  Portugal (fees)

The amounts of the following national fees, payable to the National Institute of Industrial Property (Portugal) as designated (or elected) Office, have changed with effect from 1 July 2018:

                                                                                                         Online            On paper

Filing fee for patent (includes publication and examination)..... EUR 53.30     106.61

Filing for utility model (includes publication): ........................... EUR 53.30     106.61

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

RU  Russian Federation (institutions with which deposits of microorganisms and other biological material may be made)

The name and address of the Russian National Collection of Industrial Microorganisms (VKPM), an international depositary authority under the Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure, has changed, as follows:

All‑Russian Collection of Industrial Microorganisms (VKPM)
Research Centre “Kurchatov Institute” – State Research Institute “Genetika”
1-st Dorozhniy pr., 1
117545 Moscow
Russian Federation

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

SK  Slovakia (fees)

The amount of the following national fee, payable to the Industrial Property Office (Slovakia) as designated (or elected) Office, has changed with effect from 1 January 2018:

Filing fee:..........................................................................................          EUR              60

The Office has also notified a change concerning the exemptions, reductions or refunds of the national fee – the existing 50% reduction in the filing fee (where the applicant is also the inventor) also applies where the application is filed in fully electronic form.

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

SZ  Swaziland (change in name of country)

For information on the change in the name for Swaziland, please see “Swaziland:  Change in Name of Country”, above.

TR  Turkey (location and mailing address; fax number; e-mail address)

The location and mailing address, the fax number and the e-mail address of the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office (Turkpatent) have changed, as follows:

Location and
mailing address:             Hipodrom Caddesi No. 115
                                       06560 Yenimahalle
                                       Ankara
                                       Turkey

Fax:                                (90-312) 303 11 73

E-mail:                             contact@turkpatent.gov.tr

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

US  United States of America (competent International Searching and Preliminary Examining Authorities)

In connection with the specification by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) of the Japan Patent Office (JPO) as competent International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) for international applications filed by nationals and residents of the United States of America with the USPTO as receiving Office, the JPO has notified the IB that there has been a change in the conditions that must be met in order for the JPO to act as such.  With effect from 1 July 2018, it will act as an ISA and IPEA for applications filed with the USPTO provided that the Authority has not received more than 8,400 international applications from the USPTO during the five-year period from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2023, and not more than 300 applications per quarter during the first and second years, and not more than 500 applications per quarter during the third, fourth, and fifth years.

The requirement that the international application should be submitted in English continues to apply.

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

UZ  Uzbekistan (fees)

The Agency on Intellectual Property of the Republic of Uzbekistan has notified the following fees, payable to it as receiving Office:

Transmittal fee:................................................................................        UZS    306,8301

Fee for priority document:..............................................................          UZS      82,0551

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

Search fee and other fees relating to the international search (Australian Patent Office, European Patent Office, Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent) (Russian Federation), Finnish Patent and Registration Office, National Institute of Industrial Property (Brazil), Nordic Patent Institute, Spanish Patent and Trademark Office, State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China, Turkish Patent and Trademark Office (Turkpatent), United States Patent and Trademark Office, Visegrad Patent Institute)

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

European Patent Office.................................................................          JPY, USD

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

Finnish Patent and Registration Office...........................................          USD

National Institute of Industrial Property (Brazil)..............................          CHF, USD

Nordic Patent Institute....................................................................          USD

Spanish Patent and Trademark Office...........................................          USD

Turkish Patent and Trademark Office (Turkpatent)........................          USD

Visegrad Patent Institute................................................................          USD

As from 1 October 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.................................................................          USD

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

United States Patent and Trademark Office...................................          NZD, ZAR

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

(Updating of PCT Applicant’s Guide, Annex D (AU, BR, CN, EP, ES, FI, RU, TR, US, XN, XV))

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

As from 1 September 2018, 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), as indicated in Fee Table I(c).

(Updating of PCT Applicant’s Guide, Annex SISA (RU))
  1. Reductions may apply.  For further details see the Office’s website at:  http://ima.uz/ru/regulatory/tarify-i-poshliny/
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