Amendments to the PCT Regulations (Entry into Force: 1 July 2014)
It is recalled that the Assembly of the PCT Union adopted, during its meeting which was held in Geneva from 23 September to 2 October 2013, amendments to the PCT Regulations which will enter into force on 1 July 2014 (see PCT Newsletter No. 10/2013).
The amendments consist of:
(i) requiring International Preliminary Examining Authorities to conduct a “top-up” search during international preliminary examination, subject to various exceptions (addition of PCT Rules 66.1ter and 70.2(f))1; and
(ii) allowing written opinions of the International Searching Authority (in their original language) and informal comments submitted by the applicant in response to such opinions (in their original language) to be publicly available from the date of international publication (deletion of PCT Rule 44ter and amendment of Rule 94.1(b))2.
The text of the amendments was reproduced, in English and French, in the Official Notices (PCT Gazette) on 6 February 2014 at, respectively:
and the consolidated text of the Regulations under the PCT, as in force from 1 July 2014, will be available shortly before the entry into force of the amendments.
Note that the Report of the Assembly (PCT/A/44/5) is now available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish at:
1. These amendments shall apply to any international application, irrespective of its international filing date, in respect of which a demand for international preliminary examination is made on or after 1 July 2014.