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PCT International Search and Preliminary Examination Guidelines


Chapter 22 Clerical and Administrative Procedures

Indications Concerning the Agent

Rules 4.4, 4.7, 4.16, 53.590.1

22.35  If an agent is named or appointed, the International Preliminary Examining Authority checks whether the indications correspond to those contained in the file. If the International Preliminary Examining Authority does not have information about the appointment, it checks whether the agent has been indicated in the publication of the international application, or in the PCT Gazette, or checks with the International Bureau. In case of an appointment or naming of a new agent or an additional agent in the demand, the International Preliminary Examining Authority also checks whether the indications as to such an agent comply with Rules 4.4 and 4.16; Rule 4.7 applies mutatis mutandis. The International Preliminary Examining Authority may waive the requirement for a power of attorney.

Rule 90.1(c), (d)

22.36  The International Preliminary Examining Authority may request the receiving Office, if necessary, to confirm that the agent has the right to practice before that Office (optionally using Form PCT/IPEA/410) if the agent does not have the right to practice before the International Preliminary Examining Authority.