It will be recalled that on September 1, 2017 the search fee paid by US filers of PCT applications for the EPO searching authority increased from $1992 to $2099. Now it has been announced that on December 1, 2017 this fee will increase again, this time to $2238. Continue reading
If you want to be trendy, modern, and up-to-date, you can now e-file “docx” files at the USPTO. If you do this, not only will you be trendy, modern, and up-to-date, but you will also likely encounter fewer instances in the future in which you need to request a Certificate of Correction or a corrected publication. Read on to learn how to be trendy, modern, and up-to-date. Continue reading
A member of the PCT listserv asks:
Am I missing something about what is so great about preparing an PCT application package via ePCT?
For most all of my PCT applications, I have to file with the RO/US and elect the ISA/US. Thus, in such a situation, I understand that the only thing ePCT is good for is to prepare the Zip file as one has to use EFS-Web to file the Zip file, the application papers, and pay the fees.
To me, the ePCT interface is cumbersome, more so than the PCT-Safe software.
So, I don’t understand what is so great about ePCT… Can someone enlighten me?
My comments are below. Continue reading
It will be recalled that recently the USPTO announced that it will change the way that electronic certified copies of priority documents are transmitted between the USPTO and the Japanese Patent Office. The change takes effect today. Among other things, this will affect how you complete your Application Data Sheet to present a priority claim to a Japanese patent application.
You can read about it in my blog post from September 24, 2017.
For the past year or so, it has been taking the USPTO around 4-5 weeks to issue a patent. Continue reading
Do you sometimes file a US patent application that claims priority from a Japanese patent application? Do you sometimes give instructions to Japanese counsel to file a Japanese patent application that claims priority from a US patent application? In either case, you need to know about something important that will change on October 1, 2017. Continue reading
There are quite a few upcoming opportunities to learn about the Patent Cooperation Treaty.
Of course a very good way to learn of upcoming learning opportunities about PCT is to check the PCT Seminar Calendar at the web site of WIPO. WIPO updates this calendar frequently.
Upcoming programs include:
- PCT Seminar, September 21-22, Cary, NC. (North Carolina Bar Association, yours truly among the faculty.)
- PCT Seminar “Essential PCT”, October 3, Atlanta, GA. (PCT Learning Center, yours truly among the faculty.)
- Advanced PCT Seminar and Symposium on International Authorities, October 5, Washington, DC. (PCT Learning Center, yours truly among the faculty.)
- The Essential PCT, October 19, Milwaukee, WI. (PCT Learning Center.)
- ePCT Training Seminar, October 30, Irvine, CA. (PCT Learning Center.)
- ePCT Training Seminar, November 1, San Francisco, CA. (PCT Learning Center.)
- PCT Seminar, November 1, Boston, MA (Boston Patent Law Association.)
- PCT Boot Camp, November 2, Seattle, WA (PCT Learning Center.)
- ePCT Training Seminar, November 3, Seattle, WA. (PCT Learning Center.)
- PCT lecture within the framework of the “Patent Administration: A Foundation for Success” course, November 8-9, Philadelphia, PA. (Patent Resources Group, yours truly presenting.)
Here is a delightful dinner during a several-day program on the Patent Cooperation Treaty. These are some of the attendees at a Patent Resources Group course in San Diego.