A new release of the ePCT system (version 2.11) was deployed on 25 June 2014. Some of the new features of the release are described below.
ePCT for Applicants and Third Parties
File view segregation
Dedicated tabs have been introduced to differentiate between the documents which are submitted to the International Bureau and those which are submitted to the receiving Office, International Searching Authority and International Preliminary Examination Authority.
Signature for Actions and document upload
Since the signature of the applicant (or agent) is compulsory when submitting an Action or uploading documents, the user now has three options regarding the signature field:
– the current user is the applicant/agent and types a text string signature;
– the current user is not the applicant/agent but has access to a file containing the image signature of the applicant/agent; or
– the current user is not the applicant/agent but one of the documents to be uploaded contains the signature of the applicant/agent.
Improvements have been made to a number of ePCT Actions, including the following:
– it is now possible to save the following ePCT Actions as drafts without having to submit them immediately:
• declarations under PCT Rule 4.17 prepared after filing using the ePCT Action;
• observations by the applicant on close prior art prepared using ePCT private services;
• observations by third parties on close prior art prepared using ePCT public services;
– when an Action is previewed prior to submission, the date and time of the preview is indicated as a watermark in the top left-hand corner of the page;
– improvements to the “Submit Chapter II Demand” Action:
• fee reductions will be applied in certain circumstances;
• a “Response to the Written Opinion of the ISA” can now be attached to the demand; and
• the demand is now available in all publication languages (except Arabic, which will be available in a later release).
New features have been introduced for applicants/agents using ePCT-Filing, including the following:
– the possibility to attach a single PDF document containing the description, claims and abstract, as an alternative to attaching a separate PDF document for each;
– the possibility to attach the full application body in XML format;
– the summary screen of the new international application displays the time remaining in order to submit same-day corrections (provided that the receiving Office to which the application was submitted is an Office to which documents can be uploaded using ePCT document upload);
– a new warning appears when the user has ticked the box to request restoration of the right of priority, but the priority claim appears to be within 12 months from the priority date;
– calculation of search fee reductions in certain circumstances;
– improved preview facilities for the request form, fee sheet and declarations; and
– a new option to find all applications filed by the current user using ePCT-Filing.
More detailed information about the new features of ePCT for Applicants and Third Parties that were introduced with ePCT version 2.11, as well as news about the expected new features in the future, can be found in the document entitled “What’s New in ePCT V2.11 for Applicants and Third Parties” which is available at:
For detailed information on using ePCT, both public and private services, see the ePCT User Guide for Applicants and Third Parties at:
and for information on creating a WIPO user account (needed for ePCT public and private services) and uploading a digital certificate (needed for ePCT private services), see:
ePCT for Receiving Offices and International Authorities
Information concerning the changes to ePCT for Offices, which were introduced with ePCT version 2.11, was sent out to the relevant Office users, and the changes are also outlined in the documents entitled “What’s New in ePCT V2.11 for Offices” which is available at:
For detailed information on using ePCT for Offices, see the ePCT Office User Guide
and for information on creating a WIPO Office user account and uploading a digital certificate see: