World Intellectual Property Organization

Administrative Instructions under the Patent Cooperation Treaty

Section 316
Procedure in the Case Where
the International Application Lacks the Prescribed Signature

Where, under Article 14(1)(a)(i), the receiving Office finds that the international application is defective in that it lacks the prescribed signature, that Office shall send to the applicant, together with the invitation to correct under Article 14(1)(b), a copy of the relevant sheet of the request part of the international application. The applicant shall, within the prescribed time limit, return said copy after affixing thereto the prescribed signature.

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