IPO on 19th November, 2014 announced in its website (http://www.ipindia.nic.in/ ) that the
International applications filed to the Indian Patent Office as
Receiving Office under the Patent Cooperation Treaty may be filed
electronically using e-PCT effective from 15th November 2014.
The Official notice details the Filing and Processing in
Electronic Form of International Applications and Documents
Relating to International Applications. According to the notice,
Since 7 January 2002, any receiving Office having the adequate
technical systems in place is able to accept the filing of
international applications in electronic form in accordance with
Part 7 and Annex F of the Administrative Instructions under the PCT
containing, respectively, the legal framework and technical
standard necessary to enable the implementation of filing and
processing in electronic form of international applications, as
provided for under PCT Rule 89bis.1. Further it was mentioned in
the Notice that on 3 November 2014, the Indian Patent Office, in
its capacity as receiving Office, notified the International
Bureau, under PCT Rules 89bis.1(d) and 89bis.2 and pursuant to
Sections 710(a) and 713 of the Administrative Instructions under
the PCT, that it is prepared to receive and process international
applications in electronic form with effect from 15 November
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