The publication cycle of the Bulletin can be broken down into two components: the frequency of publication and the time lag needed for the preparation of the Bulletin.The frequency of publication is the number of times the Bulletin is issued in a given year.
In the case of deferment of publication, the payment of the publication fee is not required to be made at the time of filing.
There are two exceptions to the general rule that an international registration is published six months after the date of international registration.
Firstly, an applicant may request that an international registration be published immediately.
In addition, in the case of international applications governed exclusively by the 1999 Act, the submitting of reproductions may be provisionally replaced by specimens, provided that the industrial design is two-dimensional.
The rationale for permitting the furnishing of specimens instead of reproductions is the relieving of applicants of the higher costs of producing quality reproductions where, having requested deferment of publication, they may eventually decide not to proceed with publication (and protection) of the design.