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Say “good-bye” to Canada’s generous 42 month late national phase entry deadline

Flag_of_CanadaToday on IPcopy we have a guest post from Wendy Lamson of Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougal LLP on the subject of national phase entry in Canada. This post has been reproduced with the permission of the author. 

Proposed rules in Canada make PCT late entry more difficult

Currently, the deadline for national phase entry in Canada can be extended to 42 months from the priority date.  A patent applicant simply needs to pay a late fee of $200.00 Cdn, together with the request for national phase entry.1  No reasons for failure to meet the 30 month deadline are required.  However, this will soon change if proposed amendments to the Canadian Patent Rules are implemented that bring Canada into conformity with the Patent Law Treaty. (more…)

How to Cut the Cost of Filing PCT applications in the UK (and Europe)

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In a world where it is rare to get something for nothing, most would view the headline for this story with a hint of cynicism and an expectation that somewhere there is a hidden catch. However, this IPCopy correspondent wishes to assure you that there is a way for the UKIPO and other national receiving offices in Europe to cut the costs of filing PCT applications without losing a single penny/cent/krona of national revenue. The answer is to follow the market-led approach of our enlightened American counterparts. (more…)