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Elaphe:  driving the development of electric vehicles

“Elaphe has used the PCT extensively and for several reasons.  The process is simple and provides a search report, which can supplement our own research on the state of the art.  In a dynamic environment where new innovation is born every day, the timeframe of the PCT process gives us a certain freedom to delay strategic decisions until such time as the market and product information is clearer and the economic benefit of pursuing a patent is easier to evaluate,” Mr. Gotovac explains.

By Catherine Jewell, Communications Division, WIPO (Read the full article PDF)

ARIPO’s drive to strengthen Africa’s innovation ecosystem

“While significant progress has been made, there is still a great deal to be done. Africa’s pool of IP professionals remains small and falls well short of what the continent needs if it is to harness Africa’s potential for innovation. In 2016, according to WIPO, IP offices located in Africa received a fraction – just 0.5 percent – of the 3.1 million patent applications filed around the world”, states the article.  “The general lack of IP awareness in Africa explains the low percentage of international applications filed under WIPO’s Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and the low uptake of IP support services offered by national IP offices and ARIPO,” explains Mr. Fernando dos Santos, Director General, ARIPO.

By Susan Mwiti, African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO), Harare, Zimbabwe (Read the full article PDF)

Transforming young lives in Brazil with science education and innovation

“I hold 15 patents and have protected a number of my inventions, including a process for extracting collagen from tanned leather residues (WO2006130937), in different countries using WIPO’s Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). The PCT is advantageous because it provides applicants with more time – up to 30 months from the date of filing the first patent application with the national IP office – to consider whether or not to proceed with processing their application, taking into account the results of the informal patent search that is available under the system. Moreover, the provisional publication of an application under the PCT offers applicants some protection prior to the actual grant of a patent in different jurisdictions.” explains Professor Joana d’Arc Félix de Sousa.

By Catherine Jewell, Communications Division, WIPO (Read the full article PDF)

The Patent Cooperation Treaty at 40

“At its core, the PCT addresses two very real needs and this is the key to its remarkable success. On the one hand, it offers applicants a practical tool to assist them in seeking patent protection in international markets. And on the other hand, for the patent offices of PCT member countries, it serves as an effective work-sharing platform and creates opportunities to generate efficiency gains in processing international patent applications. The partnership of national and regional patent offices of PCT member countries has also been central to the PCT’s success. Their engagement, insights and experiences, along with feedback from users, has enabled the system to evolve and respond to practical real-world needs. That, coupled with a dedicated international team of support staff, both at WIPO’s headquarters and within the patent offices of member countries, has made it possible for the PCT to become recognized as a reliable and high-quality service provider.” “The PCT has come a long way in the past four decades and has recorded many notable achievements. But there is still much to achieve to ensure it continues to support “innovation, investment and development,” as foreseen by its founders. That is why, together with its partners, the PCT is continuing to push ahead to improve its services, for the benefit of all stakeholders,” notes the article.

By Matthew Bryan, PCT Legal and User Relations Division, and Catherine Jewell, Communications Division, WIPO (Read the full article PDF)

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