World Intellectual Property Organization

 Administrative Instructions under the Patent Cooperation Treaty

Section 604
Guidelines for Explanations Contained
in the International Preliminary Examination Report

(a)  Explanations under Rule 70.8 shall clearly point out to which of the three criteria of novelty, inventive step (non-obviousness) and industrial applicability referred to in Article 35(2), taken separately, any cited document is applicable and shall clearly describe, with reference to the cited documents, the reasons supporting the conclusion that any of the said criteria is or is not satisfied.

(b)  Explanations under Article 35(2) shall be concise and preferably in the form of short sentences.

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