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October 2019

A ‘verified’ English translation is no longer required to be filed when entering the Australian National Phase of an International PCT Application, when the PCT specification is not in the English language.

Whilst it is still necessary to file an English translation of the PCT specification, a ‘translators certificate’ is no longer required. This change came into effect on 25 September 2019.

The Australian Patent Office may however ask for the translation to be verified at any later date, for example, if there is any concern about the quality of the translation.

These requirements are in Schedule 1 of the Intellectual Property Laws Amendments (PCT Translations and Other Measures) Regulations 2019.

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