Electronic Filing and Processing of International Applications

electronic filingNicaragua: Registry of Intellectual Property (Nicaragua) to begin receiving and processing international applications in electronic form

The Registry of Intellectual Property (Nicaragua), in its capacity as receiving Office (RO/NI), has notified the International Bureau (IB) under PCT Rule 89bis.1(d) that, with effect from 15 October 2019, it will be prepared to receive and process international applications in electronic form.  The Office will accept international applications filed in electronic form using ePCT-Filing.

Romania: State Office for Inventions and Trademarks (Romania) to start accepting international applications filed using ePCT‑Filing

The State Office for Inventions and Trademarks (Romania), in its capacity as receiving Office (RO/RO), which already receives and processes international applications in electronic form using EPO Online Filing, has notified the IB under PCT Rule 89bis.1(d) that, with effect from 15 October 2019, it will also be prepared to receive and process international applications in electronic form which have been filed using ePCT‑Filing.

The applicable electronic filing fee reductions listed in item 4 of the Schedule of Fees for each Office are indicated in Fee Table I(a), and the notifications containing the requirements and practices of the Offices with regard to the filing of international applications in electronic form was published in the Official Notices (PCT Gazette) on 12 September 2019.

Source: World Intellectual Property Organization