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Rules for French Patent Application&Certificate Utility

日期: 2020-01-20 13:34
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January 13, 2020, according to the INPI, the decree on the establishment of the provisional patent application system and the reform of the certificate utility application system was published in the official gazette on January 10, 2020.

The new rules for the certificate utility came into effect on the January 11th and is now available through the electronic portal of INPI (French Industrial Intellectual Property Office), and the rules for the provisional patent application system will be launched on July 1, 2020.

The rules for certificate utility application include below.

1) The protection period is extended to 10 years (previously 6 years), as the same as the protection period of German and Chinese utility models.The reform applies to all certificate utility whose protection period is less than 6 years as of the date of promulgation of the rules, January 10, 2020.

2) An application for certificate utility may be converted into a patent application (i.e., approximately 16 months from the date of filing) at the beginning of the technical preparation before the application for a certificate utility is published. Applications for certificate utilities  submitted as of January 11, 2020 can be converted into applications for patents.

3) For the applicants of the certificate utilities who is in the 6th year of protection, the deadline for the payment of the 7th annual fee to be paid between January 2020 and the end of April 2020 can be postponed to May 11, 2020, and the 7th annual fee can still be allowed to pay between May 11 and November 11 with the fine of 50% late fee will be charged.
 
 
The rules for the provisional patent applications will come into effect on July 1, 2020,the application costs are cheap and the procedures are simple, and can be converted into patent applications within 12 months. The establishment of the system has opened a kind of privilege for the applicants.




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