Electronic publication of PCT Applications from April 2006

April 2, 2006

From July 2005 to April 1, 2006, searching international patent applications was possible through two databases: the so-called PCT Gazette and the PCT Online File Inspection. Until April 2006, the latter was published as a prototype. This prototype had been developed with the aim of publication in electronic form only of international applications and of the PCT Gazette according to a decision of WIPO Member States taken in September 2005. On April 1, 2006, the PCT Gazette and the PCT Online File Inspection have been merged into one single source of data more complete, usable, and searchable.

The changes that have been introduced on April 1, 2006 are explained below: