Issue 92 | July 1, 2003
PCT Practice Update for June 2003
 June 1, 2003 marks the 25th anniversary of the start of PCT operations when it became possible to file PCT applications and demands for international preliminary examination. This month's "PCT Newsletter" is available from WIPO at http://www.wipo.int/pct/en/newslett/2003/pdf/06_2003.pdf with several noteworthy artciles for PCT practitioners.

First, the table of time limits for entering the national/regional phase under PCT Chapters I and II, were updated on May 20, 2003, and are now available in English and French at http://www.wipo.int/pct/en/texts/pdf/time_limits.pdf. Currently, the designated offices of Brazil, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, Singapore, Tanzania, Uganda, Serbia and Montenegro, and Zambia still do not apply the 30-month time limit fixed in PCT Article 22(1). However, when these countries are designated for a regional patent, the time limit for the regional Office concerned will apply.

Modified Request and Demand Forms are being implemented as of July 1, 2003. At the end of June 2003, copies of the new versions of the Request and Demand Forms (in English, French, German and Spanish) will be available in editable in "PDF" format on the WIPO Internet site at http://wipo.int/pct/en/forms/index.htm, http://wipo.int/pct/fr/forms/index.htm, http://wipo.int/pct/de/forms/index.htm, and http://wipo.int/pct/es/forms/index.htm, respectively.

Finally, WIPO is advising that requests for payment of fees from the "Central Data-Register of International Patents" are not coming from WIPO. Questions about whether any such payment requests are legitamite can be answered by telephoning the International Bureau at +41 22 338 8338.

Please feel free to contact the author, Bill Heinze (billheinze@tkhr.com) at Thomas, Kayden, Horstemeyer & Risley in Atlanta, Georgia USA to discuss these changes, or to suggest other topics for future issues of this newsletter.

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