New/Updated PCT Resources
Documents which have been prepared for the forty-sixth (27th extraordinary) session of the International Patent Cooperation Union (PCT Union) (PCT Assembly), which will be held in Geneva during the period from 22 to 30 September 2014, are available at:
PCT Committee for Technical Cooperation
Documents which have been prepared for the upcoming twenty-seventh session of the PCT Committee for Technical Cooperation (CTC), which will be held in Geneva during the period from 22 to 30 September 2014, are available at:
PCT Working Group
The draft report of the seventh session of the PCT Working Group, which was held in Geneva from 10 to 13 June 2014, is now available at:
PCT Regulations in German – corrected version
Corrections have been made to the terminology used in the German version of the Regulations under the PCT. The complete text has been republished and is available at:
A corrected version of the paper version of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and Regulations under the PCT (WIPO Publication No. 274), in German, is under preparation.
An updated version of the publication “Protecting your Inventions Abroad: Frequently Asked Questions About the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)”, dated July 2014, is now available in HTML and PDF formats in English at, respectively:
Other languages are under preparation.
PCT International Search and Preliminary Examination Guidelines
The PCT International Search and Preliminary Examination Guidelines have been updated to take into account the amendments to the PCT Regulations which entered into force on 1 July 2014, as well as other updates. It is recalled that the amendments to the Regulations relate to:
– making the written opinion of the International Searching Authority, as well as any informal comments submitted by the applicant in response to such opinions, publicly available from the date of international publication (deletion of PCT Rule 44ter and amendment of PCT Rule 94.1(b)); and
– requiring the International Preliminary Examining Authority to conduct a top up search during international preliminary examination, subject to certain exceptions (addition of PCT Rules 66.1ter and 70.2(f)).
The updated version, in English and French, is available at:
Seminar materials covering all aspects of the PCT procedure have been updated in Chinese on 8 August 2014 at:
Modified PCT Regulations (Italian and Russian)
The consolidated text of the Regulations under the PCT, as in force from 1 July 2014, is now available in PDF format in Italian and Russian, in addition to Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish at, respectively: