Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) News and Announcements

December 1, 2018 Change to ROSPATENT Search Fee

The International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization has informed the United States Patent and Trademark Office that a new dollar amount has been established for the search fee required by the Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent) when acting as an International Searching Authority.  The new dollar amount of the search fee required by the Rospatent will be $587 and will go into effect December 1, 2018.

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.

October 1, 2018 Change to IPAU Search Fee

The International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization has informed the United States Patent and Trademark Office that a new dollar amount has been established for the search fee required by the IP Australia (IPAU) when acting as an International Searching Authority.  The new dollar amount of the search fee required by the IPAU will be $1,631 and will go into effect October 1, 2018.

Filing Patent Applications Electronically during Designated Significant Electronic Filing System Outages

Applicants who filed a patent application, including an international application under the PCT, from August 15 through and including August 23, 2018, may now request a refund of the non-electronic filing fee. Applicants who filed applications via EFS-Web or EFS-Web Contingency during this period do not need to do anything.  For detailed information, please visit: https://www.uspto.gov/patent/fees-payment-information/filing-patent-applications-electronically-during-designated.

September 1, 2018 Change to EPO Search Fee

The International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization has informed the United States Patent and Trademark Office that a new dollar amount has been established for the search fee required by the European Patent Office (EPO) when acting as an International Searching Authority.  The new dollar amount of the search fee required by the EPO will be $2,095 and will go into effect September 1, 2018.

August 1, 2018 Change to ROSPATENT Search Fee

The International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization has informed the United States Patent and Trademark Office that a new dollar amount has been established for the search fee required by the Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent) and will go into effect August 1, 2018.  The new dollar amount of the search fee required by the Rospatent when acting as an International Searching Authority is $638 beginning August 1, 2018.

July 1, 2018 PCT Collaborative Search and Examination Pilot

On July 1, 2018, the five largest intellectual property offices in the world (IP5) launched a Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Collaborative Search and Examination Pilot.  The pilot allows examiners from all five offices, with different working languages, to collaborate on the search and examination of a single international application. The result is an international search report and written opinion from the chosen international searching authority based on contributions from all participating offices.  Benefits to applicants include a search done by multiple examiners in different languages, increased predictability of outcome, and no extra cost.

For more information, including how to request to have an application included, view the Federal Register Notice or visit the pilot's page on the USPTO website.

June 1, 2018 Change to JPO Search Fee

The International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization has informed the United States Patent and Trademark Office that a new dollar amount has been established for the search fee required by the Japan Patent Office (JPO) with effect from June 1, 2018.  The new dollar amount of the search fee required by the JPO when acting as an International Searching Authority is $1,465 beginning June 1, 2018.

April 1, 2018 Changes to Certain Search Fees

The International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization has informed the United States Patent and Trademark Office that new dollar amounts have been established for the search fees required by the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) with effect from April 1, 2018.

The new dollar amount of the search fee required by the EPO when acting as an International Searching Authority is $2,207 beginning April 1, 2018.

The new dollar amount of the search fee required by the KIPO when acting as an International Searching Authority is $1,218 beginning April 1, 2018.

March 1, 2018 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 new dollar amount has been established for the search fee required by the Israel Patent Office (ILPO) with effect from March 1, 2018.  The new dollar amount of the search fee required by the ILPO when acting as an International Searching Authority is $1,009 beginning March 1, 2018.

January 16, 2018 Changes to Certain Fees

On November 14, 2017, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued a final rule, “Setting and Adjusting Patent Fees during Fiscal Year 2017”, to set or increase certain patent fees, as authorized by the AIA.  Pursuant to the final rule, certain International Stage and National Stage fees were changed/added effective January 16, 2018.

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