Since October 1, 2014, the Israel Patent Office (ILPO) has been available as an International Searching Authority (ISA) for PCT applications filed by U.S. nationals or residents in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) as receiving Office or in the International Bureau (IB) as receiving Office. The original announcement appeared in the Official Gazette at 1408 OG 52 on November 4, 2014. An announcement modifying the arrangement with the ILPO appeared in the Official Gazette at 1432 OG 264 on November 22, 2016.
For any limitations or restrictions with the ILPO as an ISA, please refer to the PCT Information section of the Official Gazette found on the USPTO’s website (www.uspto.gov/learning-and-resources/ official-gazette).
For additional information, e.g., subject matter limitations, additional search fees, cited documents, etc., please refer to Annex D of the PCT Applicant’s Guide found on WIPO’s website (www.wipo.int/pct/en/guide/index.html).