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

 

Eligibility for Reductions in Certain PCT Fees

The lists of States discussed below, the nationals and/or residents of which are eligible for certain PCT fee reductions, have been updated with effect from 1 July 2019 and are available at:

www.wipo.int/pct/en/fees/index.html

Applicability of 75% reduction in certain fees at the European Patent Office

The following States have been deleted from the list of States, the nationals and/or residents of which are eligible for a 75% reduction in certain fees payable to the European Patent Office (that is, States classified as low income and lower middle income economies by the World Bank), as they are now classified as upper middle income economies:

Georgia

Sri Lanka

Applicability of 75% reduction in international search and preliminary examination fees at the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office

Argentina (which is not a PCT Contracting State) has been deleted from the list of States the nationals and/or residents of which are eligible for a 75% reduction in the international search and preliminary examination fees payable to the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (that is, the States classified as low income, lower middle income and upper middle income economies by the World Bank which are not party to the European Patent Convention), as it is now classified as a high income economy.

It is recalled that, in order to file an international application, at least one applicant must be a national of, or a resident in, a PCT Contracting State (PCT Article 9(1)).  Applicants from non‑PCT Contracting States must therefore file a PCT application together with an applicant who is a national of and/or resides in a PCT Contracting State, and they may only benefit from a fee reduction if both (or all) applicants are entitled to the reduction.