The following PCT Newsletter items (in English) have been updated today: the PCT Seminar Calendar and PCT Fee Tables. Please go to:
The PCT Seminar Calendar also includes information on four webinars on ePCT which will take place on the following dates: 18 September, 18 October, 20 November and 13 December 2012. All webinars will be conducted in English. To enroll, please click on the following link:
Please also note the following updated PCT resources and new developments:
The consolidated text of the Regulations under the PCT, as in force from 1 July 2012, is now available in PDF format in Arabic, German and Russian, in addition to Chinese, English, French, Portuguese and Spanish at, respectively:
In order to take into account the introduction of the new PCT third party observation system on 2 July 2012, a new Part 8 to the Administrative Instructions under the PCT and an addendum to the PCT International Search and Preliminary Examination Guidelines, which both entered into force on 1 July 2012, have been published at, respectively:
Also, a new version of the ePCT system has been deployed which provides new functionality, in particular, the possibility for applicants and also third parties to submit observations on closest prior art and to cite and submit copies of related documents. A detailed release note is available at:
Further information on the third party observation system and on the new version of the ePCT system will be published in PCT Newsletter No. 07‑08/2012 in August.
PCT applicants wishing to use the Digital Access Service for Priority Documents (DAS) to meet priority document requirements will be able to enter the access code (given by the Office of first filing for the priority document) into the relevant space on the July 2012 version of the request form. Also, once the July 2012 build of the PCT-SAFE software has been released later this week, applicants will be able to enter the access code when filing electronically using the PCT-SAFE software with the receiving Offices of the International Bureau (IB), Japan or the Republic of Korea, and when preparing applications in PCT-EASY mode; this functionality will become available for fully electronic filing at other receiving Offices later, pending server updates. If a valid access code is provided in this way, it will not be necessary to specifically add IB as an Office authorized to access the document using the DAS applicant portal, as had previously been the case.
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