World Intellectual Property Organization

Regulations under the PCT

Rule 44
Transmittal of the International Search Report, Written Opinion, Etc.

44.1       Copies of Report or Declaration and Written Opinion

The International Searching Authority shall, on the same day, transmit one copy of the international search report or of the declaration referred to in Article 17(2)(a), and one copy of the written opinion established under Rule 43bis.1 to the International Bureau and one copy to the applicant.

44.2       Title or Abstract

The international search report shall either state that the International Searching Authority approves the title and the abstract as submitted by the applicant or be accompanied by the text of the title and/or abstract as established by the International Searching Authority under Rules 37 and 38.

44.3       Copies of Cited Documents

(a)  The request referred to in Article 20(3) may be presented any time during seven years from the international filing date of the international application to which the international search report relates.

(b)  The International Searching Authority may require that the party (applicant or designated Office) presenting the request pay to it the cost of preparing and mailing the copies. The level of the cost of preparing copies shall be provided for in the agreements referred to in Article 16(3)(b) between the International Searching Authorities and the International Bureau.

(c)  [Deleted]

(d)  Any International Searching Authority may perform the obligations referred to in paragraphs (a) and (b) through another agency responsible to it.

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