Patent Examiners, Formality Officers, and Stakeholders Undergo Seminar on PCT Updates

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) conducted a Seminar on the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) for local patent examiners, formality officers on November 10-11, and for representatives from the Innovation and Technology Support Offices (ITSOs), patent agents and lawyers November 12.

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Participants to the PCT Seminar
Left: IPOPHL patent examiners and formality officers Right: IP Stakeholders


The PCT makes it possible to seek patent protection for an invention simultaneously in a number of countries by filing a single “international” patent application instead of filing several individual national/regional patent applications.

The recently concluded seminar was a follow through on the fundamental PCT seminar held in July 2014. Ms. Anjali Aeri, WIPO Program Officer conducted the lecture which is aimed to increase the participants’ level of proficiency on the Treaty. Recent changes and developments on the PCT were discussed by Ms. Aeri, keeping IPOPHL employees and stakeholders abreast on its procedures.
Highlighted in the seminar was the ePCT system, an online service by WIPO that provides secure electronic access to the files of international applications filed under the PCT as maintained by the WIPO International Bureau (IB).  It also enables filing international applications using ePCT filing, with the receiving Office (RO) of IB at WIPO and several other receiving Offices (ROs).  

By January 2016, IPOPHL will accept electronic filing using the ePCT system.

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Bureau of Patents Assistant Director Lolibeth R. Medrano, who opened the seminar, listens as Ms. Anjali Aeri, Program Officer at the World Intellectual Property Organization, lectures on the Patent Cooperation Treaty

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Director Epifanio M. Evasco of the Bureau of Patents delivers the Closing Remarks