Friday, March 15 2024   \  Published by Prokurio.

A New Search Authority Option For US PCT Applicants

A New Search Authority Option For US PCT Applicants

On March 6th, the USPTO Director and the Director General of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL), signed an 8-year arrangement (their words, not ours), opening up the option for US PCT applicants to choose the Philippines as their International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA).

First, there are some rules.

The IPOPHL will act as an ISA provided that (1) the application is submitted in English, (2) the IPOPHL is chosen as a competent authority by the applicant, and (3) the IPOPHL has not received more than 75 international applications from the USPTO during any fiscal quarter. You read that right, 75 international applications in a quarter. Read more

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