Administrative Instructions under the Patent Cooperation Treaty

Section 711
Electronic Records Management

(a)  Records, copies and files in electronic form in relation to international applications shall be processed and, for the purposes of Rule 93, kept in accordance with the requirements of authentication, integrity, confidentiality and non-repudiation, and having due regard to the principles of electronic records management, set out in Annex F.

(b)  Upon request by the applicant or other interested party in relation to a particular international application, the receiving Office shall, subject to any restrictions applicable under the Treaty as to access by third parties,29 certify that any electronic records relating to that application are maintained and stored by it in accordance with paragraph (a)