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News & Announcements Concerning the PCT:


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.

 

1 May 2014 Changes to Certain Search Fees 

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 Australian Patent Office (IP Australia).  Effective 01 May 2014, the dollar amount of the search fee required by the IP Australia when acting as an International Searching Authority is $1972.

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 Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent).  Effective 01 May 2014, the dollar amount of the search fee required by the Rospatent when acting as an International Searching Authority is $795.

The revised PCT Fee Schedule is available at: http://www.uspto.gov/patents/init_events/pct/sample/fees.jsp.

 

18 December 2013 Changes 

Effective 18 December 2013, the United States Patent and Trademark Office is implementing new rules pertaining to The Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012. With regards to the PCT, the new rules will affect international and national phase applications in the following manner:

  • Petition to revive unavoidably abandoned international application:
    • no longer available in view of the change to 35 U.S.C. 41(a)(7), 119, and 120 in section 202(b) of the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012
  • Petition to revive unintentionally abandoned international application:
    • undiscounted/small entity fees decrease from $1,900/$950 to $1,700/$850
    • micro entity discount is no longer available under 37 CFR 1.17(m)
  • Request for the restoration of the right of priority:
    • undiscounted/small entity fees increase from $1,420/$710 to $1,700/$850
    • micro entity discount is no longer available under 37 CFR 1.17(m)         

 

New PCT Contracting State

On 4 July 2013, the Islamic Republic of Iran deposited its instrument of ratification to the PCT, thus becoming the 148th Contracting State of the PCT, and on 4 October 2013, will become bound by the PCT. Consequently, any international application filed on or after 4 October 2013 will automatically include the designation of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Also, because the Islamic Republic of Iran will be bound by Chapter II of the PCT, it will automatically be elected in any demand for international preliminary examination filed in respect of an international application filed on or after 4 October 2013. Furthermore, nationals and residents of the Islamic Republic of Iran will be entitled, as from 4 October 2013, to file international applications under the PCT.  

  

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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