The International Bureau encourages PCT applicants to use ePCT-Filing, which is available for online filing at 86 receiving Offices, including RO/IB, and for preparing and validating the RO/101 data for submission to the e-filing systems of other receiving Offices such as RO/CA, RO/IL and RO/US that do not accept direct online filings.

We recommend filing via browser-based ePCT, thus avoiding any downloads and software updates.

If you do not already have a WIPO account, please create one, and then set up strong authentication in order to access the 'Create new IA' feature to prepare international applications.

Click on the 'HELP' link on the ePCT home page for further details on getting started, filing and many other topics.



As of July 1, 2022 the International Bureau no longer develops, distributes or supports PCT-SAFE software.

If you are still filing with PCT-SAFE we advise you to start using ePCT-Filing as soon as possible.

For further information on ePCT, and to get started, go to https://pct.wipo.int or contact the PCT Operations Customer Support Section

XML Authoring

To generate an application body for your PCT application in XML, you can use WIPO's docx to XML conversion tool, available here. It is also integrated into ePCT.



By using the PCT-SAFE software, the user acknowledges and agrees that the software is provided "as is," with no warranties, either express or implied.  The International Bureau makes every effort to ensure, but cannot guarantee the correct operation of the software, including but not limited to the validation functionalities, and makes no warranties or representations in connection with the acquisition and/or use of the software.  The International Bureau assumes no liability or responsibility for any errors, omissions, deficiencies or defects in the PCT-SAFE software or in international applications prepared using that software, or for loss or damage of any nature incurred in connection with the acquisition and/or use of the software.  As a result, the content of an international application prepared using the software is the user's responsibility. The International Bureau urges users to carefully check the request form and the application body before submission to the receiving Office. 


PCT-SAFE users are reminded that compliance with any national security prescriptions applicable under national law is the applicant's responsibility.