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July-August 2021 | No. 07-08/2021

 

PCT Information Update

CA  Canada (mailing address; who can act as agent; special requirements)

There has also been a change in the mailing address of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, as follows:

The Commissioner of Patents
Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Place du Portage I
50 Victoria Street, Room C‑114
Gatineau
Quebec
Canada K1A 0C9 (Courier J8X 3X1)

There has also been a change in the requirements as to who can act as agent before the Canadian Intellectual Property Office as receiving Office and as designated (or elected Office).  With effect from 28 June 2021, an individual who holds a patent agent licence or a patent agent-in-training licence issued by the College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents may act as such.  An applicant may appoint all of the patent agents who work at the same firm to represent them in respect of their application.

Furthermore, the requirement for the agent, where he or she does not reside in Canada, to appoint an agent who resides in Canada as associate agent, has been removed from the consolidated list of requirements under PCT Rule 51bis.

(Updating of PCT Applicant’s Guide, Annexes B1 (CA), C (CA) and National Chapter, Summary (CA))

CL  Chile (fees)

The National Institute of Industrial Property (Chile) has clarified that that no fee for priority document is payable to it as receiving Office where, as a depositing Office participating in the WIPO Digital Access Service (DAS), it has made a certified copy of the priority document available through DAS.

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

CN  China (corrigendum concerning PCT Fee Table I(b) published in PCT Newsletter No. 06/2021)

The date of effect of the change in the equivalent amount in USD of the search fee payable to the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) that was indicated in PCT Fee Table I(b) in PCT Newsletter No. 06/2021 was erroneously indicated as 1 July 2021.  It should be corrected to read 1 August 2021.

CO  Columbia (fees)

The amounts of the transmittal fee, payable to the Superintendence of Industry and Commerce (Colombia) as receiving Office, have changed with effect from 1 July 2021, as follows:

Transmittal fee:

– electronic filing:..............................................        COP 419,640

– paper filing:....................................................         COP 503,470

The amounts of the following national fees, payable to the Office as designated (or elected) Office, have also changed with effect from the same date:

For patent:

Filing fee:

  • online:..............................................................        COP 84,840
  • on paper:..........................................................       COP 105,160

Annual fees for the 1st to the 4th year, per year:

  • online:..............................................................        COP   279,420 (415,580)1 
  • on paper:..........................................................       COP   335,820 (498,390)1 

For utility model:

Filing fee:

  • online:...............................................................       COP 75,190
  • on paper:...........................................................      COP 92,460

(Updating of PCT Applicant’s Guide, Annex C (CO) and National Chapter, Summary (CO))

CZ  Czechia (Internet address)

The Internet address of the Industrial Property Office of the Czech Republic has changed, as follows:

Internet:                       https://www.upv.gov.cz

(Updating of PCT Applicant’s Guide, Annex B1 (CZ))

IL  Israel (Internet address)

The Internet address of the Israel Patent Office has changed, as follows:

Internet:                       https://www.gov.il/en/departments/ilpo

(Updating of PCT Applicant’s Guide, Annex B1 (IL))

IS  Iceland (means of telecommunication)

Further to the information published in PCT Newsletter No. 06/2021, the Icelandic Patent Office has informed the International Bureau (IB) that, since 1 January 2021, it accepts the filing of documents by e-mail and the original of the document is not required.

(Updating of PCT Applicant’s Guide, Annex B1 (IS))

SA  Saudi Arabia (telephone numbers; fees)

One of the telephone numbers of the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property (SAIP) has changed. The numbers to be used are now as follows.

Telephone:                   (966-11) 280 59 76, 280 12 21

The amounts of the fee for requesting restoration of the right of priority, payable to the Office as receiving Office, have changed with effect from 1 June 2021, as follows:

Fee for requesting restoration of the right of priority..............         USD         534 (276)2 

(Updating of PCT Applicant’s Guide, Annex B1 (SA) and Annex C (SA))

TR  Turkey (requirements concerning the translation of the international application; fees)

The Turkish Patent and Trademark Office (TURKPATENT), in its capacity as designated (or elected) Office, has notified a change in the time limit for furnishing a translation of the international application – the translation of the international application should now be furnished within two months from the date of entry into the national phase.

Furthermore, the amounts of the following national fees, payable to the Office as designated (or elected) Office, have changed with effect from 1 January 2021:

Filing fee:....................................................................................        TRY 2,015

Fee for certificate of grant:..........................................................        TRY 400

Renewal fee for third year:.........................................................         TRY 400

Reinstatement of rights:.............................................................         TRY 2,610

(Updating of PCT Applicant’s Guide, National Chapter, Summary (TR))

UA  Ukraine (name of Office)

The name of the Ministry for Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine, Department for Development of Intellectual Property, has changed as follows:

Name of Office:        National Intellectual Property Authority
                                 State Enterprise “Ukrainian Intellectual Property Institute (Ukrpatent)”

(Updating of PCT Applicant’s Guide, Annex B1 (UA))

WS  Samoa (types of protection)

The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour (MCIL) (Samoa) has notified the IB that the types of protection that are available via the PCT in Samoa are patents and innovation patents.

(Updating of PCT Applicant’s Guide, Annex B1 (WS) and the table of “Types of Protection Available via the PCT in PCT Contracting States”)

Search fee (Australian Patent Office, Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent) (Russian Federation), Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, Japan Patent Office, National Institute of Industrial Property (Brazil))

As from 1 September 2021, there will be changes in the equivalent amounts payable in the currencies specified below for international searches carried out by the following Offices:

Australian Patent Office.......................................................         ZAR

Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent)
(Russian Federation)...........................................................         EUR

Intellectual Property Office of Singapore...............................       JPY

Japan Patent Office............................................................          SGD

National Institute of Industrial Property (Brazil)......................      CHF, EUR, USD

The above-mentioned amounts are indicated in Fee Table I(b).

(Updating of PCT Applicant’s Guide, Annex D (AU, BR, JP, RU and SG))

  1. The amount in parentheses is applicable in case of late payment within a grace period of six months from the due date.
  2. The amount in parentheses is applicable in the case of filing by an individual.