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|Top of Notices (380) December 25, 2018||US PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE||Print This Notice 1457 CNOG 2781|
|PCT, International Applications||Referenced Items (371, 372, 373, 374, 375, 376, 377, 378, 379, 380, 381, 382, 383, 384, 385, 386, 387, 388, 389, 390, 391, 392, 393, 394, 395, 396, 397, 398, 399, 400, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405)|
(380) Notice Concerning the Japan Patent Office's Action as an International Searching Authority and International Preliminary Examining Authority for International Applications Received by the United States Patent and Trademark Office The arrangement under which the Japan Patent Office (JPO) will act as an International Searching Authority (ISA) and an 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) has been renewed with modifications. The modified arrangement is effective for the five year period from July 01, 2018, to June 30, 2023. The condition in the previous arrangement that the JPO will only act as an ISA for applications in which the claims are directed to the field of green technology as defined by certain International Patent Classification classes has been removed. The modified arrangement is the result of the "Modification to the Arrangement between the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Japan Patent Office Concerning Action of the Japan Patent Office as an International Searching Authority and Preliminary Examining Authority under the Patent Cooperation International Treaty for International Applications Received by the United States Patent and Trademark Office" signed on June 29, 2018, by the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO and by the Commissioner of the JPO. Under the modified arrangement, the JPO may act as an ISA under the PCT for international applications filed with the RO/US provided that: (1) the applications are submitted in the English language; and (2) the JPO has not received more than 8,400 international applications from the USPTO during the 5-year period from July 01, 2018, to June 30, 2023, and not more than 300 applications per quarter during the first and second years, and not more than 500 applications per quarter during the third, fourth, and fifth years. The JPO will also act as an IPEA if these two requirements are met, and the JPO acted as the ISA. The USPTO will continue to collect the search fees from the applicants, and will transmit the search fees to the JPO. The search fee for the JPO acting as an ISA for international applications received by the USPTO can be found on the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) website at: http://www.wipo.int/export/sites/www/pct/en/fees. Any other fees necessary for search or examination or incidental thereto will continue to be paid by applicants directly to the JPO. The newly concluded Arrangement between the USPTO and the JPO follows. August 7, 2018 ANDREI IANCU Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office [1454 OG 51]