USPTO Amends Foreign Filing License Rules

to allow the use of ePCT to prepare an international application for filing with the US Receiving Office.  FR 2020-18743  Apparently, the rules prior to amendment allowed the export of technical data to ePCT for purposes of preparing an application for filing in a foreign receiving office, but not the US Receiving Office.

Same Day Corrections to PCT application filings possible via ePCT

Provided that the Receiving office to which the applicant was submitted is an office that uses ePCT , same day corrections may be made to international applications filed using ePCT, up until midnight in the time zone of the receiving office. If the incorrect or missing element was incorporated by reference in the international application, […]

International Preliminary Examination to start sooner, by default, as of July 1

Prior to July 1, International Preliminary Examining Authorities were required to wait to start examination until the expiration of the time limit for filing a demand by PCT Rule 54bis1. As of July 1, PCT Rule 69.1(a) establishes new timing for the start of international preliminary examination. More specifically, amended Rule 69.1(a) states that the […]

40 Years of the PCT

The 2019 PCT yearly review was recently released, and includes a special report summarizing 40 years of the Patent Cooperation Treaty. Some of the interesting statistics reported include: • In 1978 20 countries were members of the PCT. By the end of 2018, 152 countries were members. • It took 26 years for the total […]

2nd Year of IP5 PCT Collaborative Search and Examination Pilot to Start July 1, 2019

The 5 participating offices are the European Patent Office, Japan Patent Office, Korean Intellectual Property Office, National Intellectual Property Administration, PRC and the USPTO. On July 1, those offices that had reached their year one goals (the USPTO was one such ISA), will begin accepting applications for admission into the second year of the pilot. […]