PCT NEWSLETTER

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July-August 2019 | No. 07-08/2019

 

Collaborative Search and Examination Pilot News

It is recalled that PCT Newsletter No. 07-08/2018 contained details of a Collaborative Search and Examination (CS&E) pilot, whereby the IP5 Offices1, upon the applicant’s specific request to participate, all contribute towards the international search report and the written opinion of the International Searching Authority (ISA) for a particular international application.  Similarly to the first year of the pilot (July 2018 to June 2019), each participating Office plans to process around 50 international applications as main ISA during the second year (July 2019 to June 2020).

News about participating Offices

China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA)

Further to the information published in PCT Newsletter No. 02/2019 about CNIPA having reached its limit of 40 international applications filed in English, it is now accepting new international applications into the CS&E pilot filed in either Chinese or English.

Further information is available on the CNIPA website at:

www.cnipa.gov.cn/ztzl/zlscgslpphzl/csexm/1135632.htm

European Patent Office (EPO)

Further to the information published in PCT Newsletter No. 09/2018 about the EPO having reached its quota of 40 international applications in English, the EPO has announced that, with effect from 1 July 2019, it has started accepting new international applications into the CS&E pilot in English, in addition to French or German.

Further information is available on the EPO website at:

www.epo.org/law-practice/legal-texts/official-journal/2019/07/a65.html

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Further to the information published in PCT Newsletter No. 02/2019 about the USPTO having already reached its limit of 50 international applications, the USPTO has announced that it has started accepting new international applications into the CS&E pilot from 1 July 2019.  

Further information is available on the USPTO website at:

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USPTO/bulletins/22b9810

Further general information on the CS&E pilot is available at:

www.wipo.int/pct/en/filing/cse.html

  1. The China National Intellectual Property Administration, the European Patent Office, the Japan Patent Office, the Korean Intellectual Property Office and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.