PCT Receiving Office Guidelines
Chapter VIbis: Requests in PCT-EASY Format
Receiving Office Review of PCT EASY Requests
165C. Acceptance by Receiving Office of Request in PCT EASY Format. The question whether the receiving Office does, in fact, accept the filing of requests in PCT EASY format is a matter for that Office. The receiving Office may decide to accept the filing of a request in PCT EASY format even if it has not already notified the International Bureau that it accepts such filings (see Section 102bis(a)). (In such a case, however, the receiving Office should then promptly notify the International Bureau accordingly.) Conversely, a receiving Office may, in any particular case, decide not to process PCT EASY diskettes prepared using the PCT EASY software, even though that Office has decided to accept the filing of requests in PCT EASY format; in such case the receiving Office should proceed as outlined in paragraph 165E.
165D. Non-Acceptance by Receiving Office of Request in PCT EASY Format; Transmittal of International Application under Rule 19.4(a)(iii). If the receiving Office does not accept the filing of requests in PCT EASY format but the request is filed in that format, the international application does not comply with the requirements of Article 14 (see Rule 3 and Section 102(a)(i)). The receiving Office may invite the applicant to comply with those requirements by filing a request corresponding to Form PCT/RO/101, as outlined in paragraph 75. If the reduced international filing fee has been paid, the receiving Office also notifies the applicant that the conditions for applying the fee reduction related to the use of PCT EASY software are not satisfied and invites the applicant to pay the missing amount (Section 304 and, if applicable, Rule 16bis; see paragraphs 258 to 265).
165E. Alternatively, the receiving Office promptly requests the International Bureau as receiving Office to agree, in accordance with the procedure outlined in paragraphs 278 to 281, to the transmittal of the international application under Section 333(b) and (c). The receiving Office should also proceed in this manner in any particular case in which it decides not to process PCT EASY diskettes prepared using the PCT EASY software, even though it has decided to accept the filing of requests in PCT EASY format (paragraph 165C).