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PCT Receiving Office Guidelines

as in force from July 1, 2022


Chapter I: Introduction

Chapter II: General

Chapter III: National Security Clearance

Chapter IV: Article 11(1) Check; Requirements for International Filing Date

Chapter V: Language Check (Article 3(4)(i); Rules 12.1, 12.3, 12.4 and 26.3ter)

Chapter VI: Article 14 Check and Other Formal Requirements


Formal Requirements

Corrections of Defects

Chapter VII: Priority Claims and Priority Documents

Chapter VIIbis: Declarations Relating to National Requirements

Chapter VIII: Missing Parts or Erroneously Filed Elements or Parts in the International Application 

Substitute Sheets under Rule 26 and Other Replacement Sheets

Chapter IX: Nucleotide and/or Amino Acid Sequence Listing

Chapter X: References to Deposited Microorganisms or Other Biological Material

Chapter XI: Fees

Chapter XII: Transmittal of International Application to International Bureau as Receiving Office (Rule 19.4)

Chapter XIII: Record Copy, Search Copy and Home Copy

Chapter XIV: [Deleted]

Chapter XV: Rectification of Obvious Mistakes under Rule 91

Chapter XVI: Changes Concerning the Applicant, Inventor, Agent or Common Representative

Chapter XVII: Withdrawal of the International Application, Any Designation or Any Priority Claim

Chapter XVIII: Items to Be Transmitted to Another Authority

Chapter XIX: Miscellaneous

Annex A: [Deleted]

Annex B: Examples of Typical Defects in the Request and Corrections Thereof