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Client version – October 1, 2015

This is a full installation for the PCT-SAFE client. It can be used to upgrade previous versions of the PCT-SAFE client or to effect a completely new installation. For the installation, local administrator rights are required. After installation no special access rights are required for using the software.

Note:  This build only needs to be installed if you get an error message that reads:

“PCT-SAFE is unable to render to PDF the following characters:  Code point: U+…; Section:  [document where the characters are not rendered]”

or if you have not yet updated your software for October 2015.

Important: The PCT-EASY functionality has been disabled in the software. Please read the PDF document "What's new?" below for more details.
The PCT-SAFE Client will run on Microsoft Windows® 7/8/10. It is intended for use on standalone PCs and has not been designed for server installation or for virtual environments.

Download software (approximately 127 MB)

Release notes PDF, PCT-Safe Client version release notes | What's new? PDF, PCT-Safe Client version, what's new?

Certificates: Applicants wishing to submit an international application online need a digital certificate.


  • Download the installation file pct-safe-3.51.071-bin.exe.
  • Export any form or address book data to a location outside the C:\PCT-SAFE folder as a backup.
  • Ensure that PCT-SAFE is not running.
  • Run the pct-safe-3.51.071-bin.exe from the local drive, using the same installation destination directory (C:\PCT-SAFE) as the previous installation (if any).
  • The previous installation will be overwritten.
  • During the installation, when prompted, accept the update of the demo and production databases.
  • During the installation, when prompted, 'overwrite all' existing fee schedules.
  • At the end of the installation restart the computer.

Minimum system requirements

  • Computer processor: 600MHz; available hard disk space: 1GB; RAM: 256 MB
  • Adobe Acrobat or Acrobat Reader, from version 7.x, or other PDF viewer software
  • Internet connection for the purposes of online transmission
  • CD or DVD writer and software for fully electronic PCT-SAFE applications filed on physical medium, if accepted by the RO.


The PCT-SAFE Editor is no longer available, please use WIPO's new docx to XML conversion tool, available here. It is also integrated into ePCT.



By using the PCT-SAFE software, the user acknowledges and agrees that the software is provided "as is," with no warranties, either express or implied.  The International Bureau makes every effort to ensure, but cannot guarantee the correct operation of the software, including but not limited to the validation functionalities, and makes no warranties or representations in connection with the acquisition and/or use of the software.  The International Bureau assumes no liability or responsibility for any errors, omissions, deficiencies or defects in the PCT-SAFE software or in international applications prepared using that software, or for loss or damage of any nature incurred in connection with the acquisition and/or use of the software.  As a result, the content of an international application prepared using the software is the user's responsibility. The International Bureau urges users to carefully check the request form and the application body before submission to the receiving Office. 


PCT-SAFE users are reminded that compliance with any national security prescriptions applicable under national law is the applicant's responsibility.


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