PCT International Search and Preliminary Examination Guidelines
21.01 International Searching and Preliminary Examining Authorities are entrusted to apply and observe all the common rules of international search and examination. Although applicants can generally expect the Authorities to act in accordance with these Guidelines, some variability is inherent, due to the involvement of several Authorities in the international search and examination process and to the multitude of personnel within the various Authorities, in the international search and examination process. At the same time, it is recognized that minimizing inconsistencies between and within the Authorities is crucial to the unqualified acceptance of an Authority’s work product by other Offices.
21.02 This chapter sets out the main features of a quality framework for international search and preliminary examination. It describes a minimum set of criteria that each Authority shall use as a model for establishing its individual quality scheme.
1. Leadership and policy
2. Risk-based practices
4. Management of administrative workload
5. Quality assurance
8. Search process documentation
9. Internal review
10. Reporting arrangements