As per Public Notice dated 26-4-2017, all applicants filing international applications under PCT at Indian Patent Office as receiving office and selecting Indian Patent office as the International Searching and Examining Authority will have to remit the prescribed fee â€“ search fee, preliminary examination fee etc., as mentioned in Fifth Schedule to Patent
Rules, 2003, except late fee and handling fee by online transfer. With effect from 1-5-2017 the Receiving Office will not accept demand drafts.
Authorised patent agents and applicants who wish to file international patent applications under PCT will have to use the WIPO ePCT online service and hence applications in paper form are to be discouraged from 1-5- 2017. Public Notice dated 1-5-2017 has been issued in this regard.