Intellectual property news and updates

Changes to rule 164 EPC: unity of invention and further searches

From 1 November 2014 the European Patent Office will allow additional searches for European regional phase patent applications (Euro-PCT applications) that are found to lack unity of invention.

Islamic Republic of Iran joins the Patent Corporation Treaty (PCT)

The Islamic Republic of Iran has become a member of the Patent Corporation Treaty (PCT). All new PCT applications filed on or after 4 October 2013 will automatically designate the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Saudi Arabia’s accession to the PCT

On 3 May 2013, Saudi Arabia deposited its instrument of accession to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) to become the 147th contracting state. The Treaty entered in to force on 3 August 2013. The result is that all new PCT applications filed on or after 3 August 2013 now automatically designate Saudi Arabia.

Third-party observations now possible for international patent applications

It is now possible to file third-party observations during the International phase of the so-called PCT application. This can result in the scope of protection of a patent granted being limited or a patent being refused or the application being abandoned by the proprietor.


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