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WIPO - PCT Applicant's Guide XV - Visegrad Patent Institute
Visegrad Patent Institute (VPI)

Useful information

The PCT Applicant’s Guide is updated almost every week with information received by the International Bureau.
In case of question, please contact the Office or the International Bureau (pct.guide@wipo.int).
List of abbreviations used in this document:
Office: Visegrad Patent Institute (VPI)
List of currencies used in this document:
CHF (Swiss franc), EUR (Euro), HUF (Hungarian forint), USD (US dollar)
Countries and Offices information:
The list of acronyms used for Offices is no longer shown as it has been integrated in the mouseover functionality for each ST.3 code shown in this document.
Refer to List of WIPO Standards, Recommendations and Guidelines formerly Annex K, List of country names and two-letter codes. It includes a list of short names and two-letter codes accepted for use in indicating States, other entities and intergovernmental organizations and their Offices in documents relating to international applications under the PCT. The list is as set out in WIPO Standard ST.3.
Also refer to PCT Contracting States formerly Annex A.
Office profile
For more technical information about the Office, refer to ePCT Office profile.
PCT Reservations, Declarations, Notifications and Incompatibilities
The Office does not have any reservations, declarations, notifications or incompatibilities.
Refer to the full list.
Office Closed dates
The Office is closed weekly on Saturday and Sunday
Additional closed dates can be consulted on the Office Closed dates page

International Phase

Annex B - Information on Contracting States or Intergovernmental Organization

Organization:
Visegrad Patent Institute
Two-letter code:
XV
Visegrad Patent Institute - Visegrad Patent Institute (VPI)
Name of Office:
Visegrad Patent Institute (VPI)
Location:
II. János Pál Pápa tér 7
1081 Budapest
Hungary
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 415
1438 Budapest
Hungary
Telephone:
(361) 951 57 70
E-mail:
secretariat@vpi.int
Facsimile:
None
Does the Office accept the filing of documents by facsimile or the like means (PCT Rule 92.4)?
No
Would the Office accept evidence of mailing a document, in case of loss or delay, where a delivery service other than the postal authorities is used (PCT Rule 82.1)?
Yes
Is the Office prepared to allow applicants to make applications available to the WIPO Digital Access Service for Priority Documents (DAS) (PCT Rule 17.1(b-bis)?
No
Types of protection available via the PCT:
Refer to the Office
Availability under the national law for an international-type search (PCT Article 15):
Refer to the Office
Provisional protection after international publication:
Refer to the Office
Information of interest if this Contracting State is designated (or elected)
Are there special provisions concerning the deposit of microorganisms and other biological material?
No

Annex D - International Searching Authority

International Searching Authority competent for the following Receiving Offices:
CZ
Czechia - Industrial Property Office of the Czech Republic
HU
Hungary - Hungarian Intellectual Property Office (HIPO)
LT
Lithuania - State Patent Bureau of the Republic of Lithuania
PL
Poland - Patent Office of the Republic of Poland
RS
Serbia - Intellectual Property Office (Serbia)
SK
Slovakia - Industrial Property Office of the Slovak Republic
Search fee (PCT Rule 16):
1,710 CHF
1,775 EUR
690,700 HUF
1,870 USD
This fee is payable to the receiving Office in the currency or one of the currencies accepted by it.
Additional search fee (PCT Rule 40.2):
1,775 EUR
This fee is payable to the International Searching Authority and only in particular circumstances.
Fee for copies of documents cited in the international search report (PCT Rule 44.3):
per page 0.80 EUR
Fee for copies of documents contained in the file of the international application (PCT Rule 94.1ter):
per page 0.80 EUR
Protest fee (PCT Rule 40.2(e)):
875 EUR
Late furnishing fee (PCT Rule 13ter.1(c)):
230 EUR
Conditions for refund and amount of refund of the search fee:
Money paid by mistake, without cause, or in excess, will be refunded
Where the international application is withdrawn or is considered withdrawn, under PCT Article 14(1), (3) or (4), before the start of the international search:
refund of 100%
Where the Authority benefits from the results of an earlier search carried out by any of the national Offices of the Contracting States:
refund of 40%
Where the Authority benefits from the results of an earlier search report or an international-type search report:
refund of 50%
Languages accepted for international search:
Czech
English
Hungarian
Polish
Slovak
Does the Authority accept informal comments on earlier search results where an international application claims priority from an earlier application already searched by this Authority?
No
Types of physical media accepted for the furnishing of nucleotide and/or amino acid sequence listings:
CD-ROM, CD-R, DVD-ROM or DVD-R
Subject matter that will not be searched:
The subject matter specified in items (i) to (vi) of PCT Rule 39.1 with the exception of any subject matter searched under the patent grant procedure in accordance with the provisions of Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Slovak patent laws
Waiver of power of attorney:
Waivers of powers of attorney do not apply (PCT Rule 90.4(e) and 90.5(d)) where the agent or common representative submits any notice of withdrawal during the international phase (PCT Rule 90bis.1 to 90bis.4, also refer to International Phase, paragraph 11.048).
Has the Authority waived the requirement that a separate power of attorney be submitted?
Yes
Particular instances in which a separate power of attorney is required:
Upon appointment of, or for any paper submitted by, an agent or a common representative who was not indicated on the request form at the time of filing
Has the Authority waived the requirement that a copy of a general power of attorney be submitted?
Yes
Particular instances in which a copy of a general power of attorney is required:
Upon appointment of, or for any paper submitted by, an agent or a common representative who was not indicated on the request form at the time of filing

Annex SISA - International Searching Authority (Supplementary Search)

Fees payable to the International Bureau:
For further details on the payment of fees to the International Bureau, refer to the WIPO website at http://www.wipo.int/pct/en/fees/special.html
Supplementary search fee (PCT Rule 45bis.3):
This fee is fixed by the Authority in EUR and will be revised from time to time to reflect currency fluctuations between EUR and CHF
— for a full search
1,775 CHF
— for a search of only the documentation in Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Slovak
550 CHF
Supplementary search handling fee (PCT Rule 45bis.2):
200 CHF
Late payment fee (PCT Rule 45bis.4(c)):
100 CHF
Fees payable to the Authority:
Fee for copies of documents cited in the supplementary international search report (PCT Rule 45bis.7(c)):
per page 0.80 EUR
Review fee (PCT Rule 45bis.6(c)):
875 EUR
Fee for copies of documents contained in the file of the international application (PCT Rule 94.1ter):
per page 0.80 EUR
Conditions for refund and amount of refund of the supplementary search fee:
Money paid by mistake, without cause, or in excess, will be refunded
The International Bureau shall refund this fee where the supplementary search request has not yet been transmitted to the Authority and the international application is withdrawn or considered withdrawn, or the supplementary search request is withdrawn or considered not to have been submitted (refer to PCT Rule 45bis.3(d)):
refund of 100%
The Authority shall refund this fee where work has not yet started and the supplementary search request is considered not to have been submitted (refer to PCT Rule 45bis.3(e)):
refund of 100%
Languages accepted for supplementary international search:
Czech
English
Hungarian
Polish
Slovak
Subject matter that will not be searched:
The subject matter specified in items (i) to (vi) of PCT Rule 39.1 with the exception of any subject matter searched under the patent grant procedure in accordance with the provisions of Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Slovak patent laws
Scope of documentation included in the supplementary international search:
In addition to the PCT minimum documentation, the Authority shall include at least the documents held in its search collection in:
Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Slovak
Limitations on supplementary international search:
None
Types of physical media accepted for the furnishing of nucleotide and/or amino acid sequence listings:
CD-ROM, CD-R, DVD-ROM or DVD-R
Waiver of power of attorney:
Waivers of powers of attorney do not apply (PCT Rule 90.4(e) and 90.5(d)) where the agent or common representative submits any notice of withdrawal during the international phase (PCT Rule 90bis.1 to 90bis.4, also refer to International Phase, paragraph 11.048).
Has the Authority waived the requirement that a separate power of attorney be submitted?
Yes
Particular instances in which a separate power of attorney is required:
Upon appointment of, or for any paper submitted by, an agent or a common representative who was not indicated in the request form at the time of filing
Has the Authority waived the requirement that a copy of a general power of attorney be submitted?
Yes
Particular instances in which a copy of a general power of attorney is required:
Upon appointment of, or for any paper submitted by, an agent or a common representative who was not indicated in the request form at the time of filing

Annex E - International Preliminary Examining Authority

International Preliminary Examining Authority competent for the following Receiving Offices:
CZ
Czechia - Industrial Property Office of the Czech Republic
HU
Hungary - Hungarian Intellectual Property Office (HIPO)
LT
Lithuania - State Patent Bureau of the Republic of Lithuania
PL
Poland - Patent Office of the Republic of Poland
RS
Serbia - Intellectual Property Office (Serbia)
SK
Slovakia - Industrial Property Office of the Slovak Republic
Preliminary examination fee (PCT Rule 58):
900 EUR
This fee is payable to the International Preliminary Examining Authority.
Additional preliminary examination fee (PCT Rule 68.3):
This fee is payable to the International Preliminary Examining Authority and only in particular circumstances.
900 EUR
Handling fee (PCT Rule 57.1):
208 EUR
This fee is payable to the International Preliminary Examining Authority. It is reduced by 90% if certain conditions apply (refer to Annex C(IB)).
The late payment fee, as set out in PCT Rule 58bis, is payable to the International Preliminary Examining Authority
Fee for copies of documents cited in the international preliminary examination report (PCT Rule 71.2):
per page 0.80 EUR
Fee for copies of documents contained in the file of the international application (PCT Rule 94.2):
per page 0.80 EUR
Protest fee (PCT Rule 68.3(e)):
900 EUR
Late furnishing fee (PCT Rule 13ter.2):
230 EUR
Conditions for refund and amount of refund of the preliminary examination fee:
Money paid by mistake, without cause, or in excess, will be refunded
In the cases provided for under PCT Rule 58.3:
refund of 100%
If the international application or the demand is withdrawn before the start of the international preliminary examination:
refund of 100%
Languages accepted for international preliminary examination:
Czech
English
Hungarian
Polish
Slovak
Subject matter that will not be examined:
The subject matter specified in items (i) to (vi) of PCT Rule 67.1 with the exception of any subject matter examined under the patent grant procedure in accordance with the provisions of Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Slovak patent laws
Waiver of power of attorney:
Waivers of powers of attorney do not apply (PCT Rule 90.4(e) and 90.5(d)) where the agent or common representative submits any notice of withdrawal during the international phase (PCT Rule 90bis.1 to 90bis.4, also refer to International Phase, paragraph 11.048).
Has the Authority waived the requirement that a separate power of attorney be submitted?
Yes
Particular instances in which a separate power of attorney is required:
Upon appointment of, or for any paper submitted by, an agent or a common representative who was not indicated on the request form or on the demand form at the time of their filing
Has the Authority waived the requirement that a copy of a general power of attorney be submitted?
Yes
Particular instances in which a copy of a general power of attorney is required:
Upon appointment of, or for any paper submitted by, an agent or a common representative who was not indicated on the request form or on the demand form at the time of their filing
Current version applicable from 15 Jan 2024 , printed on 27 Feb 2024