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|Top of Notices (352) December 29, 2015||US PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE||Print This Notice 1421 CNOG 2707|
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(352) Israel Patent Office to Act as an International Searching Authority and International Preliminary Examining Authority for International Applications Received by the USPTO The Israel Patent Office (ILPO), effective October 1, 2014, 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, provided that: (1) the applications are submitted in the English language; (2) the ILPO has not received more than 75 international applications from the USPTO during the relevant fiscal quarter; (3) the applications do not contain one or more claims relating to a business method as defined by certain International Patent Classification classes; and (4) the ILPO is chosen as a competent authority by the applicants of said applications. The ILPO will also act as an IPEA if these four requirements are met and the ILPO acted as the ISA. The USPTO will collect the search fees from the applicants and will transmit the search fees to the ILPO. The search fee for the ILPO acting as an ISA for international applications received by the USPTO is $1,021 effective October 1, 2014. Any other fees necessary for search or examination or incidental thereto will be paid by applicants directly to the ILPO. All correspondence between the ILPO 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),1 the Korean Intellectual Property Office, IP Australia,2 Rospatent, or the ILPO as the ISA or IPEA. The concluded agreement between the USPTO and the ILPO for the establishment of the ILPO as an ISA and IPEA follows. October 8, 2014 MICHELLE K. LEE Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office 1 The use of the EPO is restricted. The EPO will not act as an ISA/IPEA 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 Notice Concerning EPO Competence to Act as a PCT Authority, 1255 O.G. 878, Annex A (Feb. 19, 2002). 2 The use of IP Australia is restricted. IP Australia will not act as an ISA/IPEA 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 System, as indicated in Arrangement between IP Australia and the United States Patent and Trademark Office Concerning Action of the Australian Patent Office as an International Searching Authority and Preliminary Examining Authority under the Patent Cooperation International Treaty for Certain International Applications Received by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, 1337 O.G. 261, Annex A (Dec. 23, 2008). [1408 OG 52]