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December 2020 | No. 12/2020

 

Electronic Filing and Processing of International Applications

International Bureau:  e‑mail address for e‑filing services

Please note that the following e-mail addresses:  epct@wipo.int, pct-safe@wipo.int, and ept@wipo.int should no longer be used as they will be decommissioned on 11 January 2021. Any future inquiry concerning the International Bureau’s e‑filing services should be sent to:  pct.eservices@wipo.int

Patent Office of the Republic of Bulgaria no longer accepting international applications in electronic form filed using the EPO online filing software

The Patent Office of the Republic of Bulgaria, in its capacity as receiving Office, has notified the International Bureau (IB) under PCT Rules 89bis.1(d) that, with effect from 1 February 2021, it will no longer accept international applications in electronic form filed using the EPO online filing software.  It is recalled that the Office accepts international applications filed using ePCT‑Filing.

The revised notification containing the requirements and practices of the Office with regard to the filing of international applications in electronic form was published in the Official Notices (PCT Gazette) on 3 December 2020 at:

https://www.wipo.int/pct/en/official_notices/index.html

(Updating of PCT Applicant’s Guide, Annex C (BG))