World Intellectual Property Organization

Administrative Instructions under the Patent Cooperation Treaty

Section 420
Copy of International Application, International Search Report 
and Supplementary International Search Report
for the International Preliminary Examining Authority

(a)  Where the International Preliminary Examining Authority is not part of the same national Office or intergovernmental organization as the International Searching Authority, the International Bureau shall, promptly upon receipt of the international search report or, if the demand was received after the international search report, promptly upon receipt of the demand, send a copy of the international application, the international search report and, where applicable, a copy of the English translation of the said report  to the International Preliminary Examining Authority. In cases where, instead of the international search report, a declaration under Article 17(2)(a) was issued, references in the preceding sentence to the international search report shall be considered references to the said declaration.

(b)  Where an Authority specified for supplementary search has established a supplementary international search report under Rule 45bis.7, and the International Preliminary Examining Authority is not part of the same national Office or intergovernmental organization as the Authority specified for supplementary search, the International Bureau shall, promptly upon receipt of the supplementary international search report, send a copy of the supplementary international search report and, where applicable, a copy of the English translation of the said report to the International Preliminary Examining Authority (Rule 45bis.8(c)). In cases where, instead of the supplementary international search report, a declaration under Article 17(2)(a) was issued, references in the preceding sentence to the supplementary international search report shall be considered references to the said declaration.

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