Readers will recall (perhaps from my blog post of October 13) that the search fee for ISA/EP will increase (for US filers) on December 1, 2017. This offers an opportunity to save a little money. If your client is planning to file a PCT application in the next week or two, and is planning to pick ISA/EP, consider filing it on November 30 rather than December 1. This will save $139 in search fees.
The first of four webinars about ePCT will take place starting in about eight hours. Here are the dates and topics: Continue reading
Those who handle pending US patent applications are well aware that it is impossible to carry out one’s work competently without knowing how to use Private PAIR to view pending US patent applications and to check the status of such applications. Likewise one needs to know how to use EFS-Web to file new patent applications and to file follow-on papers.
ePCT is the mechanism for viewing pending PCT applications and for checking the status of such applications. ePCT is an important part of the filing of new PCT patent applications and is a crucial part of the filing of follow-on papers in PCT applications.
It is thus extremely important to learn how to use ePCT. ePCT is extraordinarily feature rich. Here are four webinars which together will explore the 20% or so of the ePCT features which you will use 80% of the time. Continue reading
As I reported a week ago, the usual autumn thing happened with time zones. A week ago Europe “fell back” with daylight saving time.
Now today the US also “fell back”.
For the past week, US filers had an extra hour available to get a same-day filing date for filings at WIPO. A US filer could file as late as 5PM (Mountain Time) instead of the usual 4PM, and get a same-day filing date.
Now it is back to normal. The time of day to keep in mind is once again 4PM Mountain Time.
The search fee paid by US filers of PCT applications for the Russian searching authority will increase on December 6, 2017 from $482 to $698. You can see the details here.
This changes slightly the ranking by cost of the various searching authorities available to filers in RO/US. Here is how the search fees will rank after the fee change of December 6:
- EP – $2238
- US – $2080
- AU – $1688
- SG – $1552
- JP – $1372
- KR – $1114
- US – $1040 (small entity)
- IL – $963
- RU – $698
- US – $520 (micro entity)
The result of this fee change is that, for the first time in a very long time, the Russian patent office will not be the least expensive searching authority for PCT filers in RO/US. ISA/US will be the least expensive (but only for a filer that qualifies for micro entity status).
Filers in RO/US tend to pick ISA/EP, ISA/US, or ISA/KR. It is relatively rare that a US filer will pick ISA/RU (or ISA/AU, ISA/IL, ISA/JP, or ISA/SG). Nonetheless, for the US filer who is planning to file a PCT application in which ISA/RU is selected, there will be an opportunity to save a little money. The filer could file on December 5 rather than December 6, and the savings would be $216.
Filers in the Patent Cooperation Treaty, Madrid Protocol, and Hague Agreement systems (utility patents, trademarks, and industrial designs) know that it is important to keep always in mind when midnight will arrive in Geneva, where WIPO is located.
For a PCT filer, this matters because to get a same-day filing date, a PCT application being filed in RO/IB will (usually) need to be filed by 4 PM Mountain Time. The same is true for filing an Article 19 amendment. The same is true if you are using ePCT to file a Demand and Article 34 amendment.
For a Madrid filer, this matters among other things for the payment of decade renewal fees.
For a Hague filer, this matters for the the filing of an international design application at the IB.
The point of today’s post is that starting yesterday, and for the next week, you get an extra hour to get a same-day filing date. The reason is that Europe and the US carry out their daylight saving time transitions on different days that are a week apart.
This means that you could file as late as 5 PM Mountain Time (instead of the usual 4 PM) and still get a same-day filing date.
Things will return to normal a week from now, on November 5, 2016.
One thing that happens, after you file a PCT patent application, is that Form PCT/ISA/202 arrives. (Or fails to arrive.) Why do we care about Form PCT/ISA/202? I offer some thoughts here. Continue reading
As I mentioned in an earlier blog article, the fee that ISA/SG charges per invention to carry out a PCT search will increase on November 1, 2017. The fee charged in US dollars will increase from $1552 to $1645.
This offers an opportunity to save a little money, if a US filer is planning to file a PCT application in the near future and is planning to pick the Singapore patent office as the international searching authority. Just get the application filed prior to November 1.
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
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