The EPO will act as an IPEA only if it also acted as the ISA. Korean Intellectual Property Office as Searching and Examining Authority The Korean Intellectual Property Office may act as the ISA or the IPEA for an international application filed with the United States Receiving Office or the International Bureau (IB) as Receiving Office where at least one of the applicants is either a national or resident of the United States of America. The search fee of the Korean Intellectual Property Office was increased, effective January 1, 2013, and was announced in the Official Gazette at 1385 O. The announcement appears in the Offical Gazette at 1337 O. The search fee of IP Australia was decreased, effective September 1, 2013, and was announced in the Official Gazette at 1393 O. The announcement appears in the Official Gazette at 1378 O. Search fees for the USPTO were changed, effective January 12, 2009, and were announced in the Federal Register on November 12, 2008. Payments of maintenance fees in patents not submitted electronically over the Internet should be mailed to "United States Patent and Trademark Office, P. The reissue applications listed below are open to public inspection by the general public through the Image File Wrapper (IFW) system ( on the USPTO internet web site ( and copies may be obtained by paying the fee therefor (37 CFR 1.19). Because of the timing of bringing on and training new people and deploying them to projects, some of the projects that had been delayed could not be resumed until late in the year.
The search fee of the European Patent Office was decreased, effective January 1, 2013, and was announced in the Official Gazette at 1385 O. The announcement appears in the Official Gazette at 1302 O. International filing fees were increased, effective January 1, 2013, and were announced in the Official Gazette at 1385 O. However, as of the time of this report, the OCIO is on track in terms of recovering ground lost during the previous year.
The OCIO resumed hiring, engaged new contractors, restarted tabled projects, and increased IT spending by 71% (an increase of about 2 million) from FY 2013 to FY 2014. The USPTO requested access to ,071 million of user fees (,808 million of which are patent fees) in its FY 2014 President’s Budget. 20, 2014, CL: 370, COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND COMMUNICATION LAYER ROLE DECIDING METHOD, Kenichi FUJII, Owner of Record: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, Attorney or Agent: Michael Nornberg, Ex. Each of these, in addition to many other factors, has elastic effects on demand for the services of the Office and thus the funds available to the Office. Attention is drawn to the patents that were issued on November 11, 2003 for which maintenance fees due at 11 years and six months may now be paid. The current amounts of the maintenance fees due at 3 years and six months, 7 years and six months, and 11 years and six months are set forth in the most recently amended provisions in 37 CFR 1.20(e)-(g). As the PPAC has reported in previous years, the Office has undertaken a set of modernization initiatives to drive these objectives, with a portfolio known as “Patents End-to-End” (PE2E) as its mainstay. Attention is drawn to the patents that were issued on November 13, 2007 for which maintenance fees due at 7 years and six months may now be paid The patents have patent numbers within the following ranges: Utility Patents 7,293,295 through 7,296,299 Reissue Patents based on the above identified patents. Patent owners must establish small entity status according to 37 CFR 1.27 if they have not done so and if they wish to pay the small entity amount. The OCIO currently projects a spending increase of 18% in the IT budget for FY 2015 over FY 2014 with a return to FY 2014 spending levels within three years.