Translation of PCT Applications to Satisfy National Phase Requirements.

Requirements in respect of translation of PCT applications not in English have been changed through enactment of the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (PCT Translations and Other Measures) Regulations 2019.

For all national phase entries made in Australia from 25 September 2019, verified English translation of PCT applications  will not be required. A simple translation will satisfy filing requirements. However, it will be necessary to file a translation of the PCT specification as originally filed. Furthermore, the requirement to file translations of the Article 19/34 amendments with national phase entry has been removed. Under the new regulations, Article 19/34 amendments can be incorporated into the specification after national phase entry by way of a formal amendment under s104. Article 19/34 amendments filed with the national phase application will be incorporated into the specification.

The new regulations also permit correction of errors in translations.