World Intellectual Property Organization

Administrative Instructions under the Patent Cooperation Treaty

Section 422
Notifications Concerning Changes Recorded under Rule 92bis.1

(a)  The International Bureau shall give notifications concerning changes recorded by it under Rule 92bis.1(a), except changes which are the subject of notifications under Section 425:

(i) to the receiving Office;

(ii) as long as the international search report, or the declaration referred to in Article 17(2)(a), and the written opinion of the International Searching Authority have not been established, to the International Searching Authority;

(iii) to the designated Offices unless the change can be duly reflected in the published international application used for the purposes of the communication under Article 20;

(iv) as long as the international preliminary examination report has not been established, to the International Preliminary Examining Authority;

(v) to the elected Offices, unless the change can be duly reflected in the published international application used for the purposes of the communication under Article 20;

(vi) to the applicant; where the change consists of a change in the person of the applicant, the notification shall be sent to the earlier applicant and the new applicant, provided that, where the earlier applicant and the new applicant are represented by the same agent, one notification only shall be sent to the said agent.

(b)  Where Rule 92bis.1(b) applies, the International Bureau shall notify the applicant accordingly and, if the change was requested by the receiving Office, that Office.

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