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|Top of Notices (391) December 25, 2012||US PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE||Print This Notice 1385 CNOG 2993|
|PCT, International Applications||Referenced Items (390, 391, 392, 393, 394, 395, 396, 397, 398, 399, 400, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 407, 408, 409, 410)|
(391) The Federal Service on Intellectual Property, Patents & Trademarks of Russia to Act as International Searching Authority and International Preliminary Examining Authority for International Applications Received by the United States Patent and Trademark Office The Federal Service on Intellectual Property, Patents & Trademarks of Russia (Rospatent), effective January 10, 2012, 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), provided that the applications are submitted in the English language and Rospatent is chosen as a competent authority by the applicants of said applications. The USPTO will collect the search fees from the applicants, and will transmit the search fees to Rospatent. The search fee for Rospatent acting as an ISA for international applications received by the USPTO is $415 effective January 10, 2012.1 Any other fees necessary for search or examination or incidental thereto will be paid by applicants directly to Rospatent. All correspondence between Rospatent and the USPTO or the applicants will be in English. With this addition, U.S. applicants may now elect the USPTO, the European Patent Office (EPO)2, the Korean Intellectual Property Office, IP Australia3, or Rospatent as the ISA or IPEA. The concluded agreement between the USPTO and Rospatent for the establishment of Rospatent as an International Searching Authority and International Preliminary Examining Authority follows. April 11, 2012 MARGARET A. FOCARINO Commissioner for Patents 1 The search fee will increase to $453 effective June 1, 2012. 2 The use of the EPO is restricted. The EPO will not act as an ISA for applications with one or more claims directed to a business method. For the definition of what the EPO considers to be precluded subject matter in the field of business methods, see PCT Applicant's Guide, Annexes D(EP), E(EP) and the Official Notices (PCT Gazette) dated May 6, 2010, page 94 (http://www.wipo.int/pct/en/official_notices/index.html). The EPO will act as an IPEA only if it also acted as the ISA. 3 The use of IP Australia is restricted. IP Australia will not act as an ISA for applications with one or more claims directed to the fields of business methods or mechanical engineering or analogous fields of technology as defined by specified areas of the International Patent Classification the Official Gazette at 1337 O.G. 261 on December 23, 2008, in Annex A to the agreement between the USPTO and IP Australia. IP Australia will act as an IPEA only if it also acted as the ISA. [1378 OG 162]