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International Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the International Phase National Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the National Phase
Two-Letter Code plus Country or Organization PDF, Annex A General Information Receiving Offices International Searching Authorities (ISA) ISA
(Supplementary Search)
International Preliminary Examining Authorities Country Names and Two-Letter Codes Deposits of Biological Material National Chapter Code
Annex A Annex B Annex C Annex D Annex SISA Annex E Annex K Annex L Annex
AE United Arab Emirates X IB - - - X - X AE
AG Antigua and Barbuda X X - - - X - X AG
AL Albania X X - - - X X X AL
AM Armenia X X - - - X - X AM
AO Angola X IB - - - X - X AO
AP African Regional Intellectual Property Organization X X - - - X X X AP
AT Austria X X X X X X X X AT
AU Australia X X X - X X X X AU
AZ Azerbaijan X X - - - X - X AZ
International Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the International Phase National Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the National Phase
Two-Letter Code plus Country or Organization PDF, Annex A General Information Receiving Offices International Searching Authorities (ISA) ISA
(Supplementary Search)
International Preliminary Examining Authorities Country Names and Two-Letter Codes Deposits of Biological Material National Chapter Code
Annex A Annex B Annex C Annex D Annex SISA Annex E Annex K Annex L Annex
BA Bosnia & Herzegovina X X - - - X X X BA
BB Barbados X IB - - - X - X BB
BE Belgium X X - - - X - EP BE
BF Burkina Faso X OA - - - X - OA BF
BG Bulgaria X X - - - X X X BG
BH Bahrain X X - - - X - X BH
BJ Benin X OA - - - X - OA BJ
BN Brunei Darussalam X X - - - X X X BN
BR Brazil X X X   X X X X BR
BW Botswana X X - - - X - X BW
BY Belarus X X - - - X X X BY
BZ Belize X X - - - X - X BZ
International Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the International Phase National Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the National Phase
Two-Letter Code plus Country or Organization PDF, Annex A General Information Receiving Offices International Searching Authorities (ISA) ISA
(Supplementary Search)
International Preliminary Examining Authorities Country Names and Two-Letter Codes Deposits of Biological Material National Chapter Code
Annex A Annex B Annex C Annex D Annex SISA Annex E Annex K Annex L Annex
CA Canada X X X - X X X X CA
CF Central African Republic X OA - - - X - OA CF
CG Congo X OA - - - X - OA CG
CH Switzerland X X - - - X X X CH
CI Côte d'Ivoire X OA - - - X - OA CI
CL Chile X X - - - X X X CL
CM Cameroon X OA - - - X - OA CM
CN China X X X - X X X X CN
CO Colombia X X - - - X X X CO
CR Costa Rica X X - - - X - X CR
CU Cuba X X - - - X X X CU
CY Cyprus X X - - - X - EP CY
CZ Czech Republic X X - - - X X X CZ
International Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the International Phase National Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the National Phase
Two-Letter Code plus Country or Organization PDF, Annex A General Information Receiving Offices International Searching Authorities (ISA) ISA
(Supplementary Search)
International Preliminary Examining Authorities Country Names and Two-Letter Codes Deposits of Biological Material National Chapter Code
Annex A Annex B Annex C Annex D Annex SISA Annex E Annex K Annex L Annex
DE Germany X X - - - X X X DE
DK Denmark X X - - - X X X DK
DM Dominica X X - - - X - X DM
DO Dominican Republic X X - - - X - X DO
DZ Algeria X X - - - X - X DZ
International Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the International Phase National Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the National Phase
Two-Letter Code plus Country or Organization PDF, Annex A General Information Receiving Offices International Searching Authorities (ISA) ISA
(Supplementary Search)
International Preliminary Examining Authorities Country Names and Two-Letter Codes Deposits of Biological Material National Chapter Code
Annex A Annex B Annex C Annex D Annex SISA Annex E Annex K Annex L Annex
EA Eurasian Patent Organization X X - - - X X X EA
EC Ecuador X X - - - X X X EC
EE Estonia X X - - - X - X EE
EG Egypt X X X - X X - X EG
EP European Patent Organisation X X X X X X X X EP
ES Spain X X X - X X X X ES
International Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the International Phase National Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the National Phase
Two-Letter Code plus Country or Organization PDF, Annex A General Information Receiving Offices International Searching Authorities (ISA) ISA
(Supplementary Search)
International Preliminary Examining Authorities Country Names and Two-Letter Codes Deposits of Biological Material National Chapter Code
Annex A Annex B Annex C Annex D Annex SISA Annex E Annex K Annex L Annex
FI Finland X X X X X X X X FI
FR France X X - - - X - EP FR
International Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the International Phase National Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the National Phase
Two-Letter Code plus Country or Organization PDF, Annex A General Information Receiving Offices International Searching Authorities (ISA) ISA
(Supplementary Search)
International Preliminary Examining Authorities Country Names and Two-Letter Codes Deposits of Biological Material National Chapter Code
Annex A Annex B Annex C Annex D Annex SISA Annex E Annex K Annex L Annex
GA Gabon X OA - - - X - OA GA
GB United Kingdom X X - - - X X X GB
GD Grenada X X - - - X - X GD
GE Georgia X X - - - X X X GE
GH Ghana X X - - - X - X GH
GM Gambia X AP - - - X - X GM
GN Guinea X OA - - - X - OA GN
GQ Equatorial Guinea X OA - - - X - OA GQ
GR Greece X X - - - X - EP GR
GT Guatemala X X - - - X X X GT
GW Guinea-Bissau X OA - - - X - OA GW
International Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the International Phase National Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the National Phase
Two-Letter Code plus Country or Organization PDF, Annex A General Information Receiving Offices International Searching Authorities (ISA) ISA
(Supplementary Search)
International Preliminary Examining Authorities Country Names and Two-Letter Codes Deposits of Biological Material National Chapter Code
Annex A Annex B Annex C Annex D Annex SISA Annex E Annex K Annex L Annex
HN Honduras X X - - - X X X HN
HR Croatia X X - - - X X X HR
HU Hungary X X - - - X X X HU
International Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the International Phase National Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the National Phase
Two-Letter Code plus Country or Organization PDF, Annex A General Information Receiving Offices International Searching Authorities (ISA) ISA
(Supplementary Search)
International Preliminary Examining Authorities Country Names and Two-Letter Codes Deposits of Biological Material National Chapter Code
Annex A Annex B Annex C Annex D Annex SISA Annex E Annex K Annex L Annex
IB World Intellectual Property Organization X X - - - X - - IB
ID Indonesia X X - - - X X X ID
IE Ireland X X - - - X - EP IE
IL Israel X X X - X X X X IL
IN India X X X - X X X X IN
IR Iran (Islamic Republic of) X X - - - X - X IR
IS Iceland X X - - - X X X IS
IT Italy X X - - - X - EP IT
International Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the International Phase National Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the National Phase
Two-Letter Code plus Country or Organization PDF, Annex A General Information Receiving Offices International Searching Authorities (ISA) ISA
(Supplementary Search)
International Preliminary Examining Authorities Country Names and Two-Letter Codes Deposits of Biological Material National Chapter Code
Annex A Annex B Annex C Annex D Annex SISA Annex E Annex K Annex L Annex
JP Japan X X X - X X X X JP
International Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the International Phase National Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the National Phase
Two-Letter Code plus Country or Organization PDF, Annex A General Information Receiving Offices International Searching Authorities (ISA) ISA
(Supplementary Search)
International Preliminary Examining Authorities Country Names and Two-Letter Codes Deposits of Biological Material National Chapter Code
Annex A Annex B Annex C Annex D Annex SISA Annex E Annex K Annex L Annex
KE Kenya X X - - - X X X KE
KG Kyrgyzstan X X - - - X - X KG
KM Comoros X OA - - - X - OA KM
KN Saint Kitts and Nevis X X - - - X - X KN
KP Democratic People's Republic of Korea X X - - - X - X KP
KR Republic of Korea X X X - X X X X KR
KZ Kazakhstan X X - - - X X X KZ
International Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the International Phase National Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the National Phase
Two-Letter Code plus Country or Organization PDF, Annex A General Information Receiving Offices International Searching Authorities (ISA) ISA
(Supplementary Search)
International Preliminary Examining Authorities Country Names and Two-Letter Codes Deposits of Biological Material National Chapter Code
Annex A Annex B Annex C Annex D Annex SISA Annex E Annex K Annex L Annex
LA Lao People's Democratic Republic X IB - - - X - X LA
LC Saint Lucia X IB - - - X - X LC
LI Liechtenstein X CH - - - X - CH LI
LK Sri Lanka X IB - - - X - X LK
LR Liberia X X - - - X - X LR
LS Lesotho X X - - - X - X LS
LT Lithuania X X - - - X X X LT
LU Luxembourg X X - - - X X X LU
LV Latvia X X - - - X X EP LV
LY Libya X X - - - X - X LY
International Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the International Phase National Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the National Phase
Two-Letter Code plus Country or Organization PDF, Annex A General Information Receiving Offices International Searching Authorities (ISA) ISA
(Supplementary Search)
International Preliminary Examining Authorities Country Names and Two-Letter Codes Deposits of Biological Material National Chapter Code
Annex A Annex B Annex C Annex D Annex SISA Annex E Annex K Annex L Annex
MA Morocco X X - - - X - X MA
MC Monaco X X - - - X - EP MC
MD Republic of Moldova X X - - - X X X MD
ME Montenegro X IB - - - X - X ME
MG Madagascar X IB - - - X - X MG
MK The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia X X - - - X X X MK
ML Mali X OA - - - X - OA ML
MN Mongolia X X - - - X - X MN
MR Mauritania X OA - - - X - OA MR
MT Malta X X - - - X - EP MT
MW Malawi X X - - - X - X MW
MX Mexico X X - - - X X X MX
MY Malaysia X X - - - X - X MY
MZ Mozambique X AP - - - X - X MZ
International Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the International Phase National Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the National Phase
Two-Letter Code plus Country or Organization PDF, Annex A General Information Receiving Offices International Searching Authorities (ISA) ISA
(Supplementary Search)
International Preliminary Examining Authorities Country Names and Two-Letter Codes Deposits of Biological Material National Chapter Code
Annex A Annex B Annex C Annex D Annex SISA Annex E Annex K Annex L Annex
NA Namibia X AP - - - X - X NA
NE Niger X OA - - - X - OA NE
NG Nigeria X IB - - - X - X NG
NI Nicaragua X X - - - X X X NI
NL Netherlands X X - - - X - EP NL
NO Norway X X - - - X X X NO
NZ New Zealand X X - - - X - X NZ
International Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the International Phase National Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the National Phase
Two-Letter Code plus Country or Organization PDF, Annex A General Information Receiving Offices International Searching Authorities (ISA) ISA
(Supplementary Search)
International Preliminary Examining Authorities Country Names and Two-Letter Codes Deposits of Biological Material National Chapter Code
Annex A Annex B Annex C Annex D Annex SISA Annex E Annex K Annex L Annex
OA African Intellectual Property Organization X X - - - X - X OA
OM Oman X IB - - - X X X OM
International Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the International Phase National Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the National Phase
Two-Letter Code plus Country or Organization PDF, Annex A General Information Receiving Offices International Searching Authorities (ISA) ISA
(Supplementary Search)
International Preliminary Examining Authorities Country Names and Two-Letter Codes Deposits of Biological Material National Chapter Code
Annex A Annex B Annex C Annex D Annex SISA Annex E Annex K Annex L Annex
PA Panama X X - - - X X X PA
PE Peru X X - - - X X X PE
PG Papua New Guinea X X - - - X - X PG
PH Philippines X X - - - X X X PH
PL Poland X X - - - X X X PL
PT Portugal X X - - - X X X PT
International Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the International Phase National Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the National Phase
Two-Letter Code plus Country or Organization PDF, Annex A General Information Receiving Offices International Searching Authorities (ISA) ISA
(Supplementary Search)
International Preliminary Examining Authorities Country Names and Two-Letter Codes Deposits of Biological Material National Chapter Code
Annex A Annex B Annex C Annex D Annex SISA Annex E Annex K Annex L Annex
QA Qatar X X - - - X - X QA
International Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the International Phase National Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the National Phase
Two-Letter Code plus Country or Organization PDF, Annex A General Information Receiving Offices International Searching Authorities (ISA) ISA
(Supplementary Search)
International Preliminary Examining Authorities Country Names and Two-Letter Codes Deposits of Biological Material National Chapter Code
Annex A Annex B Annex C Annex D Annex SISA Annex E Annex K Annex L Annex
RO Romania X X - - - X X X RO
RS Serbia X X - - - X X X RS
RU Russian Federation X X X X X X X X RU
RW Rwanda X X - - - X - X RW
International Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the International Phase National Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the National Phase
Two-Letter Code plus Country or Organization PDF, Annex A General Information Receiving Offices International Searching Authorities (ISA) ISA
(Supplementary Search)
International Preliminary Examining Authorities Country Names and Two-Letter Codes Deposits of Biological Material National Chapter Code
Annex A Annex B Annex C Annex D Annex SISA Annex E Annex K Annex L Annex
SA Saudi Arabia X X - - - X - X SA
SC Seychelles X X - - - X - X SC
SD Sudan X X - - - X - X SD
SE Sweden X X X X X X X X SE
SG Singapore X X - - - X X X SG
SI Slovenia X X - - - X - EP SI
SK Slovakia X X - - - X X X SK
SL Sierra Leone X AP - - - X - X SL
SM San Marino X X - - - X - X SM
SN Senegal X OA - - - X - OA SN
ST Sao Tome and Principe X IB - - - X - X ST
SV El Salvador X X - - - X X X SV
SY Syrian Arab Republic X X - - - X - X SY
SZ Swaziland X AP - - - X - AP SZ
International Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the International Phase National Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the National Phase
Two-Letter Code plus Country or Organization PDF, Annex A General Information Receiving Offices International Searching Authorities (ISA) ISA
(Supplementary Search)
International Preliminary Examining Authorities Country Names and Two-Letter Codes Deposits of Biological Material National Chapter Code
Annex A Annex B Annex C Annex D Annex SISA Annex E Annex K Annex L Annex
TD Chad X OA - - - X - OA TD
TG Togo X OA - - - X - OA TG
TH Thailand X X - - - X - X TH
TJ Tajikistan  X X - - - X X X TJ
TM Turkmenistan X X - - - X X X TM
TN Tunisia X X - - - X - X TN
TR Turkey X X - - - X X X TR
TT Trinidad and Tobago X X - - - X - X TT
TZ United Republic of Tanzania X AP - - - X - X TZ
International Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the International Phase National Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the National Phase
Two-Letter Code plus Country or Organization PDF, Annex A General Information Receiving Offices International Searching Authorities (ISA) ISA
(Supplementary Search)
International Preliminary Examining Authorities Country Names and Two-Letter Codes Deposits of Biological Material National Chapter Code
Annex A Annex B Annex C Annex D Annex SISA Annex E Annex K Annex L Annex
UA Ukraine  X X - - - X X X UA
UG Uganda X AP - - - X - X UG
US United States of America X X X - X X X X US
UZ Uzbekistan X X - - - X - X UZ
International Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the International Phase National Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the National Phase
Two-Letter Code plus Country or Organization PDF, Annex A General Information Receiving Offices International Searching Authorities (ISA) ISA
(Supplementary Search)
International Preliminary Examining Authorities Country Names and Two-Letter Codes Deposits of Biological Material National Chapter Code
Annex A Annex B Annex C Annex D Annex SISA Annex E Annex K Annex L Annex
VC Saint Vincent and the Grenadines X IB - - - X - X VC
VN Viet Nam X X - - - X - X VN
International Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the International Phase National Phase Introduction PDF, Introduction to the National Phase
Two-Letter Code plus Country or Organization PDF, Annex A General Information Receiving Offices International Searching Authorities (ISA) ISA
(Supplementary Search)
International Preliminary Examining Authorities Country Names and Two-Letter Codes Deposits of Biological Material National Chapter Code
Annex A Annex B Annex C Annex D Annex SISA Annex E Annex K Annex L Annex
XN Nordic Patent Institute X - X X X X - - XN
International Phase Introduction PDF, 
Introduction to the International Phase National Phase Introduction PDF, 
Introduction to the National Phase
Two-Letter Code plus Country or Organization PDF, Annex A General Information Receiving Offices International Searching Authorities (ISA) ISA
(Supplementary Search)
International Preliminary Examining Authorities Country Names and Two-Letter Codes Deposits of Biological Material National Chapter Code
Annex A Annex B Annex C Annex D Annex SISA Annex E Annex K Annex L Annex
ZA South Africa X X - - - X X X ZA
ZM Zambia X X - - - X - X ZM
ZW Zimbabwe X X - - - X - X ZW

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