June 2019 | No. 06/2019


Electronic Filing and Processing of International Applications

Ecuador and Ireland: Ecuadorian Institute of Intellectual Property and Patents Office (Ireland) to begin receiving and processing international applications in electronic form

The Ecuadorian Institute of Intellectual Property (with effect from 15 August 2019) and the Irish Patent Office (with effect from 9 September 2019), in their capacities as receiving Offices (RO/EC and RO/IE, respectively), have notified the International Bureau (IB) under PCT Rule 89bis.1(d) that they will be prepared to receive and process international applications in electronic form.

The Offices will accept international applications filed using ePCT-Filing, and the applicable electronic filing fee reductions listed in item 4 of the Schedule of Fees are indicated in Fee Table I(a).

The notifications containing the requirements and practices of the Office with regard to the filing of international applications in electronic form will be published in the Official Notices (PCT Gazette) shortly at:


(Updating of PCT Applicant’s Guide, Annex C (EC and IE))

Offices which no longer accept PCT-SAFE filings

The Austrian Patent Office (which already accepts international applications filed in electronic form in XML and PDF formats using ePCT-filing, as well as EPO Online Filing) has notified the IB that, with effect from 1 August 2019, it will no longer accept international applications in electronic form using the PCT‑SAFE software.

This information updates PCT Applicant’s Guide, Annex C (AT).