Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) news and announcements

June 1, 2022 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 $1,946 and will go into effect June 1, 2022.

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.

April 1, 2022 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) when acting as an International Searching Authority.  The new dollar amount of the search fee required by the JPO will be $1,475 and will go into effect April 1, 2022.

March 1, 2022 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) when acting as an International Searching Authority.  The new dollar amount of the search fee required by the ILPO will be $1,174 and will go into effect March 1, 2022.

January 1, 2022 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 and will go into effect January 1, 2022.

•           International filing fee - $1,437

•           International filing fee-filed electronically without ePCT or PCT-EASY .zip file - $1,329

•           International filing fee-filed electronically with ePCT or PCT-EASY .zip file - $1,221

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 and will go into effect January 1, 2022.

•           Handling fee - $216

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 and will go into effect January 1, 2022.

•           European Patent Office (EPO) - $2,065  ($1,946 effective June 1, 2022)

•           Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) - $1,011

•           IP Australia (IPAU) - $1,604

•           Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent) - $549

•           Israel Patent Office (ILPO) - $1,104  ($1,174 effective March 1, 2022)

•           Japan Patent Office (JPO) - $1,405 ($1,475 effective April 1, 2022)

•           Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) - $1,652

March 1, 2021 Changes to Certain International Search Fees

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 IP Australia (IPAU) when acting as an International Searching Authority.  The new dollar amount of the search fee required by the IPAU will be $1,697 and will go into effect March 1, 2021.

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 $543 and will go into effect March 1, 2021.

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) when acting as an International Searching Authority.  The new dollar amount of the search fee required by the ILPO will be $1,107 and will go into effect March 1, 2021.

January 1, 2021 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 and will go into effect January 1, 2021.

•           International filing fee - $1,453

•           International filing fee-filed electronically without ePCT or PCT-EASY .zip file - $1,344

•           International filing fee-filed electronically with ePCT or PCT-EASY .zip file - $1,235

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 and will go into effect January 1, 2021.

•           Handling fee - $218

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 and will go into effect January 1, 2021.

•           European Patent Office (EPO) - $2,091

•           Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) - $1,036

•           IP Australia (IPAU) - $1,580

•           Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent) - $510

•           Israel Patent Office (ILPO) - $1,051

•           Japan Patent Office (JPO) - $1,476

•           Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) - $1,646

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