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DOC/PTO RIN: 0651-AD43 Publication ID: Fall 2019 
Title: ●Facilitating the Use of WIPO's ePCT System to Prepare International Applications for Filing with the United States Receiving Office 
Abstract:

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is proposing to amend the foreign filing license rules to provide that a foreign filing license from the USPTO would authorize the export of technical data abroad for purposes relating to the use of a World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) online service (ePCT) to prepare an international application for filing with the USPTO in its capacity as a Receiving Officer under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). ePCT is a web-based service that offer many benefits to users, including real time up-to-date validation features to help users properly complete the PCT Request. ePCT resides on WIPO’s servers abroad and is accessed via an internet browser on the user’s system. While the current foreign filing license rules would authorize the export of technical data to ePCT for purposes of preparing an international application for filing in a foreign PCT Receiving Office, the current rules do not authorize the export of technical data to ePCT for purposes of preparing an international application for filing with the USPTO as a Receiving Office.

 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant 
CFR Citation: 37 CFR 5.1    37 CFR 5.11    37 CFR 5.12    37 CFR 5.15   
Legal Authority: 35 U.S.C. 2(b)(2)    35 U.S.C. 41    35 U.S.C. 181-188    22 U.S.C. 2751 et seq., The Arms Export Control Act    42 U.S.C. 2011 et seq., The Atomic Energy Act of 1954    22 U.S.C. 3201 et seq., The Nuclear Non Proliferation Act of 1978    15 CFR 370.10(j)    22 CFR 125.04    10 CFR 810.7    ...   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/00/2019 
NPRM Comment Period End  01/00/2020 
Final Action  06/00/2020 
Final Action Effective  07/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Raul Tayamo
Senior Legal Advisor
Department of Commerce
Patent and Trademark Office
P. O. Box 1450,
Alexandria, VA 22313-1450
Phone:571 272-7728
Fax:571 273-7728
Email: raul.tamayo@uspto.gov