Administrative Instructions under the Patent Cooperation Treaty
(a) Where an international application is filed in electronic form, the international filing fee shall, subject to paragraph (a-bis), be calculated on the basis of the number of sheets that the application would contain if presented as a print-out complying with the physical requirements prescribed in Rule 11.19
(a-bis) Where a sequence listing is contained in an international application filed in electronic form, the calculation of the international filing fee shall not take into account any sheet of the sequence listing if that listing is presented as a separate part of the description in accordance with Rule 5.2(a) and is in the electronic document format specified in paragraph 40 of Annex C.
(b) Item 4(b) and (c) and (d) of the Schedule of Fees annexed to the Regulations shall apply to reduce the fees payable in respect of an international application filed in electronic form with a receiving Office which has notified the International Bureau under Section 710(a) that it is prepared to receive international applications in electronic form or which has decided to receive such an application in accordance with Section 703(d).
19 Editor’s Note: Noting that Rule 11 leaves some flexibility as to the margins of the sheets (see Rule 11.6) and the size of the characters (see Rule 11.9(d)), the international filing fee should be calculated on the basis of the number of sheets that the application would contain if presented as a print-out complying with the minimum margin and character size requirements. In practice, however, the receiving Office should not print out the international application but rather rely on the number of pages of the international application as calculated by the electronic filing software and indicated in the request.