Budapest Notification No. 253
Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure

Communication by the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Relating to Changes in the Telephone and Facsimile numbers, the Text of the List of Kinds of Microorganisms Accepted for Deposit and the Schedule of Fees Charged by the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC)

The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) presents his compliments to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and has the honor to notify him of the receipt from the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, on February 8, 2007, of a written communication dated February 6, 2007, relating to changes in the telephone and facsimile numbers, the text of the list of kinds of microorganisms accepted for deposit and the schedule of fees charged by the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC), an international depositary authority under the Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure, done at Budapest on April 28, 1977, and amended on September 26, 1980 (see Budapest Notification No. 227 of December 16, 2004).

According to Rule 12.2(c) of the Regulations under the Budapest Treaty, the fees for furnishing of a sample, issuance of certification and administration for amendments referred to in the said communication shall take effect on March 28, 2007, that is, on the thirtieth day following the publication of the changes by the International Bureau.

February 26, 2007


Text of the Communication from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Relating to Changes in the Telephone and Facsimile numbers, the Text of the List of Kinds of Microorganisms Accepted for Deposit and the Schedule of Fees Charged by the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC)

[Original: English]

COMMUNICATION

The Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland presents its compliments to the World Intellectual Property Organization and has the honour to enclose an update for the UK's entry in Part II, Section D of the Guide to the Deposit of Microorganisms under the Budapest Treaty. The updated information is in respect of the UK's National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC). The United Kingdom would be most grateful if the Guide could be updated and that Contracting States to the Budapest Treaty are informed accordingly.


ANNEX

UNITED KINGDOM
INTERNATIONAL DEPOSITARY AUTHORITY

National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC)
Blanche Lane
South Mimms
Potters Bar
Herts., EN6 3QG

Telephone: (+44-(0)1223)) 1701 641 000
Facsimile: (+44-(0)1223)) 1701 646 730
E-mail: enquires@nibsc.ac.uk
Internet: www.nibsc.ac.uk

KINDS OF MICROORGANISMS THAT MAY BE DEPOSITED

Animal cell lines, human cell lines and genetically modified cell lines that can be preserved without significant change to or loss of their properties from freezing and/or long-term storage.

Note that:

- No patent deposit should be sent to NIBSC without a Biohazard Risk Assessment having been first received and reviewed by NIBSC. For genetically modified cell lines this will include a formal review by the NIBSC Biological Safety Committee. Following a favorable review of the Risk Assessment the customer will be invited to ship the material for deposit. Risk Assessment forms can be accessed from the NIBSC website.

- Processing of material that requires handling at Containment Levels higher than Level 2 may require a longer period to completion depending on the availability of high containment facilities. The price charged for such high containment processing is necessarily higher to reflect the increased cost to NIBSC.

- NIBSC reserves the right to refuse to accept any material for deposit that, in its opinion, presents an unacceptable risk or is technically unsuitable to handle. NIBSC will only accept organisms that do not significantly change after long-term storage at the appropriate storage temperature.

SCHEDULE OF FEES

Cell Lines GBP
(a) Deposits and storage including provision of certification and viability statements 1,000
(b) Issuance of a new (or updated) viability statement   100
(c) Furnishing of a sample (excluding carriage costs)   100
(d) Issuance of (new or updated) certification     50
(e) Administration fee for amendments     50

Fees plus VAT, where applicable are payable to NIBSC.