World Intellectual Property Organization

Regulations under the PCT

Rule 67
Subject Matter under Article 34(4)(a)(i)

67.1       Definition

No International Preliminary Examining Authority shall be required to carry out an international preliminary examination on an international application if, and to the extent to which, its subject matter is any of the following:

(i)  scientific and mathematical theories,

(ii)  plant or animal varieties or essentially biological processes for the production of plants and animals, other than microbiological processes and the products of such processes,

(iii)  schemes, rules or methods of doing business, performing purely mental acts or playing games,

(iv)  methods for treatment of the human or animal body by surgery or therapy, as well as diagnostic methods,

(v)  mere presentations of information,

(vi)  computer programs to the extent that the International Preliminary Examining Authority is not equipped to carry out an international preliminary examination concerning such programs.

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