April 2017 | No. 04/2017


ePCT Update

The new look and feel for the ePCT user interface has now been launched in production mode at:


The ‘old version’ is still available in parallel and can be accessed via the “Access old version” link on the new ePCT welcome screen. This will allow users to adjust to the new design during the transition period, the duration of which is yet to be determined.

In addition to the improved user interface, there are now additional options available to sign in to ePCT with strong authentication as more efficient alternatives to digital certificates. In addition to entering a Username + Password when signing in to ePCT, users can now authenticate sessions (previously known as ‘private services’) by means of a one-time password generated either by a standard app (such as Google Authenticator) installed on a mobile device, or by requesting a text message (SMS) to a mobile phone. Digital certificates will continue to remain in parallel as an option for strong authentication for ePCT for the foreseeable future.  Simple instructions on how to set up these additional authentication methods for WIPO accounts are available on the new SUPPORT page at:


There is now a unique sign-in process for ePCT that no longer makes any distinction between ‘private services’ or ‘public services.’  The equivalent in the new design is to sign in either with ‘strong authentication’ (username + password + one-time password or digital certificate) or without strong authentication (username + password only).  The new authentication methods now make it easier than ever to sign in with strong authentication and benefit from the full suite of ePCT functions such as online ‘actions’ and filing of new international applications.

Whether you sign in with strong authentication or not, the default landing page is now the ‘WORKBENCH’ where international applications to which the user has access rights are listed. Note that the new interface does not impact existing access rights to PCT applications in any way – they continue to be valid.  Users who, until now, have not had access to any international applications in ePCT will find simple instructions on the Workbench page that explain how to request access.

ePCT support material and FAQs are available on the new SUPPORT page mentioned above.

The International Bureau welcomes feedback on any aspect of the new interface by e-mail, preferably mentioning ‘ePCT Redesign’ in the title to:



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