Budapest Notification No. 301
Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure

Communication by the European Patent Office Regarding Changes in the Schedule of Fees and in the List of Kinds of Microorganisms Accepted for Deposit by the Leibniz-Institut DSMZ-Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen GmbH (DSMZ)

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 the receipt, on September 8, 2014, of a communication dated September 3, 2014, from the European Patent Office, regarding changes in the schedule of fees and in the list of kinds of microorganisms accepted for deposit by the Leibniz-Institut DSMZ-Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen GmbH (DSMZ), 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. 22 of August 27, 1981).

According to Rule 12.2(a) of the Regulations under the Budapest Treaty, the new fee schedule set forth in the said communication shall take effect on January 1, 2015.

October 20, 2014


Text of the communication by the European Patent Office Regarding Changes in the Schedule of Fees and in the List of Kinds of Microorganisms Accepted for Deposit by the Leibniz-Institut DSMZ-Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen GmbH (DSMZ)

[Original: English]

COMMUNICATION

I have the honor to inform you of a new schedule of fees (see annexes 1-3) of the Leibniz-Institut DSMZ-Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen GmbH acting in its capacity as International Depositary Authority under the Budapest Treaty. The new schedule of fees is applicable as of 01.01.2015. Please note that the DSMZ is also accepting the deposit of mycoplasma.

I would be grateful if the International Bureau could publish and communicate the above information at its earliest convenience.


ANNEX

Kinds of Microorganisms that May Be Deposited

Bacteria (including mycoplasma) and archaea (both including those containing plasmids), fungi (including yeasts), bacteriophages, plasmid DNAs, plant viruses, plant cell cultures (undifferentiated plant cell cultures, embryogenic plant cell cultures and tissues, in-vitro shoot cultures), human and animal cell cultures (including hybridomas).

The DSMZ accepts for deposit only those microorganisms which, pursuant to the Directive 2000/541EC on the Protection of Workers from Risks Related to Exposure to Biological Agents at Work (OJ No. L262, pp. 21-45 of 18.09.2000) or the respective German Law (Biostoffverordnung (BGBI. 1 pp. 2514 as of 15.07.2014)) belong to risk group 1 or 2.

Genetically manipulated organisms and isolated DNA must be processable in accordance with Class 1 or 2 of Directive 98/8 1/EC on the contained use of genetically modified microorganisms (OJ No. L330, pp. 13-31 of 05.12.1998) or safety level S1 or S2 of the German Law Regulating Genetic Engineering (BGBI. 1, pp. 2066-2083 of 21.12.1993, last changed by Art. 2 abs. 27 and Art. 4 Abs 14 G of 07.08.2013 I 3154).

The biological material indicated above cannot be accepted if it is contaminated by foreign organisms.

Mixtures of microbial cultures of more than two components will not be accepted. Mixtures of two components will only be accepted if these a) cannot be cultivated separately as pure cultures and b) can easily be distinguished macroscopically and/or microscopically.

Plant viruses which cannot be multiplied through mechanical infection of plants cannot be accepted for deposit.

The DSMZ reserves the right to refuse to accept for deposit material which in its view represents an unacceptable hazard or which it is not in a position to process.

Schedule of Fees

I.1     EUR
  (a) Storage according to Rule 12.1(a)(i) of the Regulations under the Budapest Treaty (comprising the initial viability check, the preservation and the storage of the biological material)  
    - archaea, bacteria, fungi, plasmids, bacteriophages and plant viruses 800
    - plant cell cultures, human and animal cell cultures 1.400
  (b) Conversion of a deposit made outside the Budapest Treaty into a deposit according to the Budapest Treaty  
    - archaea, bacteria, fungi, plasmids, bacteriophages and plant viruses 800
    - plant cell cultures, human and animal cell cultures 1.400
  (c) Prolongation of the duration of the storage over the one provided by Rule 9 of the Regulations under the Budapest Treaty, per year  
    - archaea, bacteria, fungi, plasmids, bacteriophages and plant viruses 30
    - plant cell cultures, human and animal cell cultures 50
I.2 Issuance of a viability statement according to Rule 12.1(a)(iii) of the Regulations under the Budapest Treaty  
  (a) where a viability test is requested 120
  (b) on the basis of the most recent viability test 50
I.3 Furnishing of a sample according to Rule 12.1(a)(iv) of the Regulations under the Budapest Treaty (plus current freight costs) 120
I.4 Communication of information under Rule 7.6 of the Regulations under the Budapest Treaty 50
I.5 Attestation referred to in Rule 8.2 of the Regulations under the Budapest Treaty 50

For the customers within Germany the fees are subject to VAT, currently at the rate of 7%. Turnover tax, again currently at the rate of 7%, must be charged on EU orders not quoting a VAT registration number.

A processing fee of 5-30 Euros to cover handling and bank charges is payable on all invoices.