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Saturday, 30 August 2003

SAFE BUT NOT SORRY: ELECTRONICS GIANT TAKES NEW PCT ROUTE

According to a WIPO Press Release Dutch electronics giant Philips has become the first applicant to file a fully electronic international application under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), with WIPO as the receiving office, using the PCT-SAFE ("Secure Applications Filed Electronically") software. This software lets PCT users file their international applications either online or using physical media such as CD-R. This filing by Philips, the largest user of the PCT, follows a pilot scheme in which 49 applicants were enabled to file international applications using the software with WIPO as receiving office. Philips' Chief Executive Officer of Intellectual Property and Standards Ruud Peters said his company plans to make extensive use of the PCT-SAFE software as this would translate into significant savings for his company: "Filing patents on-line at WIPO means a huge step forward for our patent creation process. As we are constantly looking for ways to improve our business process and be cost-effective, this new service fits perfectly in our strategy".

Sustained growth in the use of the PCT, which is now handling over 100,000 international applications a year, and the increasing complexity of applications, in particular, from the biotechnology sector, has prompted WIPO to look for business solutions to handling such large amounts of data while still providing a value for money, quality service to users. PCT-SAFE, which should be available to all PCT applicants by the end of 2003, claims to offer significant benefits. Users will be able to submit validated applications without the printing, copying and mailing normally associated with such a transaction. They will also receive almost immediate notification that their application has been received and is being processed.

Can't name the 122 countries through which you can use the PCT to apply for patent protection? Click here
Other PCTs that have nothing to do with patents here and here
For electric filing click here



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