World Intellectual Property Organization

Regulations under the PCT

Rule 63
Minimum Requirements for International Preliminary Examining Authorities

63.1       Definition of Minimum Requirements

The minimum requirements referred to in Article 32(3) shall be the following:

(i)  the national Office or intergovernmental organization must have at least 100 full-time employees with sufficient technical qualifications to carry out examinations;

(ii)  that Office or organization must have at its ready disposal at least the minimum documentation referred to in Rule 34, properly arranged for examination purposes;

(iii)  that Office or organization must have a staff which is capable of examining in the required technical fields and which has the language facilities to understand at least those languages in which the minimum documentation referred to in Rule 34 is written or is translated;

(iv)  that Office or organization must have in place a quality management system and internal review arrangements in accordance with the common rules of international preliminary examination;

(v)  that Office or organization must hold an appointment as an International Searching Authority.

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