Administrative Instructions under the Patent Cooperation Treaty
Transmittal of Protest against Payment of Additional Fees
and Decision Thereon Where International Application
Is Considered to Lack Unity of Invention
The International Searching Authority shall transmit to the applicant, preferably at the latest together with the international search report, any decision which it has taken under Rule 40.2(c) on the protest of the applicant against payment of additional fees where the international application is considered to lack unity of invention. At the same time, it shall transmit to the International Bureau a copy of both the protest and the decision thereon, as well as any request by the applicant to forward the texts of both the protest and the decision thereon to the designated Offices.