PCT News & Announcements

News & Announcements Concerning the PCT:

01 March 2016 Change to ILPO Search Fee

The International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization has informed the United States Patent and Trademark Office that a decreased dollar amount has been established for the search fee required by the Israel Patent Office (ILPO).  Effective 01 March 2016, the dollar amount of the search fee required by the ILPO when acting as an International Searching Authority is $912.

 

01 January 2016 Changes to PCT Fees

The International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has informed the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that due to changes in the exchange rate of the U.S. dollar with regard to the Swiss franc, the dollar amounts of the following fees for international applications filed in the United States Receiving Office will be changed effective January 1, 2016.

  • International filing fee - $1,363.00

  • International filing fee-filed electronically without PCT-EASY .zip file - $1,261.00

  • International filing fee-filed electronically with PCT-EASY .zip file - $1,158.00

  • Supplemental fee for each page over 30 - $15.00

The International Bureau of the WIPO has informed the USPTO that due to changes in the exchange rate of the U.S. dollar with regard to the Swiss franc, the dollar amount for the handling fee required by USPTO when acting as an International Preliminary Examining Authority will be changed effective January 1, 2016.

  • Handling fee - $205

The International Bureau of the WIPO has informed the USPTO that a new dollar amount has been established for the search fees required by the following International Searching Authorities effective January 1, 2016.

  • European Patent Office (EPO) - $2,097

  • Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) - $1,120

  • IP Australia (IPAU) - $1,560

  • Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent) - $433

  • Israel Patent Office (ILPO) - $917

  • Japan Patent Office (JPO) - $581

The revised PCT Fee Schedule will be available at: http://www.uspto.gov/patents-getting-started/international-protection/patent-cooperation-treaty/pct-fees-us-dollars.

 

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) as ISA/IPEA

Effective 01 July 2015, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) may act as an International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) for international applications filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) as a Receiving Office (RO/US).

The following restrictions apply: (1) the applications are submitted in the English language; (2) the claims of the application are directed to the field of green technology as defined by certain International Patent Classification classes; (3) the JPO has not received more than 5,000 international applications from the USPTO during the 3 year period from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2018, and not more than 300 applications per quarter during the first year, and not more than 475 application per quarter during the second and third years; and (4) the JPO is chosen as a competent authority by the applicants of said applications. The JPO will also act as an IPEA if these four requirements are met, and the JPO acted as the ISA.

 

The Israel Patent Office (ILPO) as ISA/IPEA

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Israel Patent Office (ILPO) have implemented an agreement under which ILPO will act as an available International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) for international applications filed with the USPTO as the Receiving Office (RO/US), under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). The starting date for the agreement was October 1, 2014.

The following restrictions apply: The ILPO will not act as an ISA for: (1) more than 75 applications per fiscal quarter; and (2) applications with one or more claims directed to the field of business methods as determined through classification in G06Q of the International Patent Classification.

For cited documents in the International Search Report, the ILPO intends to furnish the applicants with copies of the documents upon request and on payment.

 

PCT Help Desk Expanded Hours

Effective Tuesday 27 May 2014, the hours of operation for PCT Help Desk will be expanded to better serve our customers. The PCT Help Desk, which provides information and assistance on the PCT process, may be reached by telephone at (571) 272-4300 between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:00 pm (EST/EDT), Monday through Friday or by facsimile (FAX) at (571) 273-0419 twenty-four hours a day.

 

PCT-Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Between USPTO and and Various Intellectual Property Offices

The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) program has been expanded on a test basis to permit PPH eligibility for national- and regional-phase applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) on the basis of positive results in the PCT international phase. Under the PCT-PPH program, an applicant receiving a written opinion or an international preliminary examination report from one of the participating Offices that at least one claim in a PCT application has novelty, inventive step, and industrial applicability may request that the other office fast track the examination of corresponding claims in corresponding applications. The PCT-PPH will leverage fast-track patent examination procedures already available in both offices to allow applicants in both countries to obtain corresponding patents faster and more efficiently. As of May 25, 2010, the USPTO has eliminated the fee for the petition to make special under the PPH programs.

For a complete listing of the participating Offices, please visit: http://www.uspto.gov/patents/init_events/pph/index.jsp.

 

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