May 2019 | No. 05/2019


Withdrawal of Notification of Incompatibility under PCT Rule 23bis.2(e)


Further to its notification of the incompatibility of PCT Rule 23bis.2(a) with its national law (see PCT Newsletter No. 11/2016), the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property, in its capacity as receiving Office, has notified the International Bureau that, since 1 January 2019, PCT Rule 23bis.2(a) is no longer incompatible with its national law.

This means that, where an international application that is filed with the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property as receiving Office claims the priority of one or more earlier applications filed with the same Office, the receiving Office is now able to transmit copies of any earlier search and/or classification results to the International Searching Authority without the authorization of the applicant.

This updates the table of PCT Reservations, Declarations, Notifications and Incompatibilities at: