World Intellectual Property Organization

 Administrative Instructions under the Patent Cooperation Treaty

Section 606
Cancellation of Elections

(a)  The International Preliminary Examining Authority shall cancel ex officio:

(i) the election of any State which is not a designated State;

(ii) the election of any State not bound by Chapter II of the Treaty.

(b)  The International Preliminary Examining Authority shall enclose that election within square brackets, shall draw a line between the square brackets while still leaving the election legible and shall enter, in the margin, the words "CANCELLED EX OFFICIO BY IPEA" or their equivalent in the language of the demand, and shall notify the applicant accordingly.

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