International applications filed to the Indian Patent Office as Receiving Office may be filed electronically using ePCT

International applications filed to the Indian Patent Office as Receiving Office may be filed electronically using ePCT

On 3 November 2014, the Indian Patent Office, in its capacity as receiving Office, notified the International Bureau, that it is prepared to receive and process international applications in electronic form (e-PCT)with effect from 15 November 2014. Standard fees such as transmittal fees, filing fees, search fees have to be paid (see PCT Applicant’s Guide, Annex C (IN)). But interestingly online payment is not available. One can file – international applications, subsequently filed documents for international applications, to the extent supported by the relevant software. In case of failure of the electronic systems when an international application is filed with it, the Office will use all means available, such as fax or e-mail, to inform the applicant about procedures to follow as alternatives. It’s another good initiative by Indian patent office to streamline the process, albeit many difficulties in online filing system at IPO. Hope for seamless system in future..

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