World Intellectual Property Organization

Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)

Article 13
Availability of Copy of the International Application to Designated Offices

(1)  Any designated Office may ask the International Bureau to transmit to it a copy of the international application prior to the communication provided for in Article 20, and the International Bureau shall transmit such copy to the designated Office as soon as possible after the expiration of one year from the priority date. 

(2)(a)  The applicant may, at any time, transmit a copy of his international application to any designated Office.

(b)  The applicant may, at any time, ask the International Bureau to transmit a copy of his international application to any designated Office, and the International Bureau shall transmit such copy to the designated Office as soon as possible.

(c)  Any national Office may notify the International Bureau that it does not wish to receive copies as provided for in subparagraph (b), in which case that subparagraph shall not be applicable in respect of that Office.

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