New/Updated PCT Resources
Modified PCT Regulations (Chinese and Japanese)
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 (for further information, see PCT Newsletter No. 02/2014).
The consolidated texts of the Regulations under the PCT, as in force from 1 July 2014, are now available in PDF format in Chinese and Japanese, in addition to Arabic, English, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish at, respectively:
The English, French and Spanish versions are now also available in HTML format at, respectively:
PCT Applicant’s Guide
The “Introduction to the International Phase” part of the PCT Applicant’s Guide, which contains detailed information on the international phase of the PCT, is now available in Spanish at:
The International Bureau is most grateful to the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office for preparing the translation of this text.
The English and French versions of the PCT Applicant’s Guide are in the process of being updated to take into account the 1 July 2014 amendments to the PCT Regulations, as well as other updates, and will be published shortly at, respectively:
ISA and IPEA Agreements
Updated versions of the Agreements, as in force from 1 July 2014, between the International Bureau of WIPO and the following Authorities as International Searching Authorities (ISAs) and International Preliminary Examining Authorities (IPEAs):
AT Austrian Patent Office
US United States Patent and Trademark Office
relating to the functioning of those Authorities as ISAs and IPEAs under the PCT, have been published in PDF format in English and French at, respectively:
The Agreement between the International Bureau of WIPO and the National Institute of Industrial Property (Chile), as in force from 22 October 2014, relating to the functioning of this Authority as International Searching and Preliminary Examining Authority under the PCT, was published in the Official Notices (PCT Gazette) on 19 June 2014 at:
and will be available from the ISA and IPEA Agreements page (http://www.wipo.int/pct/en/access/isa_ipea_agreements.html) as from 22 October 2014.
Administrative Instructions under the PCT
Modifications have been made, with effect from 1 July 2014, to the Appendix to Annex F of the Administrative Instructions under the PCT. The changes were introduced to address the requirements for rendering the current version of the demand form (PCT/IPEA/401) by the International Preliminary Examining Authority.
The consolidated text of the Appendix, as in force from 1 July 2014, which includes those modifications, is available on the PCT website in English and French, in PDF format at, respectively:
PCT International Search and Preliminary Examination Guidelines
The PCT International Search and Preliminary Examination Guidelines are in the process of being updated to take into account the amendments to the PCT Regulations which entered into force on 1 July 2014, as well as other updates. The updated version, in English and French, will be published on the PCT website shortly at:
Seminar materials, covering all aspects of the PCT procedure, have been updated in English on 2 July 2014 to take into account the amendments to the PCT Regulations which entered into force on 1 July 2014 and are available at:
PCT Forms (in German)
Further to the information published in PCT Newsletter No. 05/2014, the following modified PCT forms are now available in German, in addition to English and French:
PCT/RO/158 (Notification of Intended Refusal of Request to Restore Right of Priority and/or Invitation to Furnish Declaration or Other Evidence)
PCT/RO/159 (Notification of Decision on Request to Restore Right of Priority)
PCT/ISA/220 (Notification of Transmittal of the International Search Report and the Written Opinion of the International Searching Authority,
or the Declaration)
PCT/IPEA/409 (International Preliminary Report on Patentability (Chapter II of the Patent Cooperation Treaty))
The International Bureau is most grateful to the European Patent Office for preparing the translation of those forms.