World Intellectual Property Organization

Administrative Instructions under the Patent Cooperation Treaty

Section 337
Transmittal of copy of results of earlier search

 Where the applicant has

(i) submitted a copy of the results of an earlier search to the receiving Office under Rule 12bis.1(a) together with the international application; or

(ii) requested the receiving Office under Rule 12bis.1(c) to prepare and transmit a copy of the results of the earlier search, a copy of the earlier application concerned and/or a copy of any document cited in the results of the earlier search;

the receiving Office shall promptly transmit any such copy to the International Searching Authority, preferably together with the search copy.

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