9 September 2016

We recently announced that the fee for an international type search under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) will be reduced from $2200 to $950 from Monday 10 October 2016. This is a significant fee reduction which will benefit inventors and businesses who are looking to progress their innovations.

We aim to complete international type searches within six weeks and recommend that search requests are made no later than 10 months after a provisional patent application is filed. This allows applicants to consider the results of the international type search prior to the expiration of 12 months from filing of the provisional application.

We anticipate that there may be an increase in demand for international type searches following the fee change. Applicants should be aware that, if this is the case, there may be a delay in completing searches and the six week delivery cannot be guaranteed. Accordingly, we recommend applicants take these considerations into account before determining the strategy that best meets their needs.