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cross-reference two-letter country and organization codes

Country codes are short abbreviations with which you can identify a particular country. It is important to understand country codes and to use them correctly, especially when designating countries in which you are seeking protection or when citing prior art. Consult WIPO Standard ST.3.

cite prior art

In order to provide references to illustrate prior art in patent applications, follow the recommendations contained within WIPO Standard ST.14.

file sequence listings

To draw up a single sequence listing acceptable, in particular, in all PCT Contracting States, make sure to follow the recommendations contained within WIPO Standard ST.25.

WIPO Standard ST.26 recommends the use of XML (eXtensible Markup Language) for the presentation of nucleotide and amino acid sequence listings.

make applications suitable for OCR

The recommendations contained within WIPO Standard ST.22 aid you in preparing patent applications to undergo Optical Character Recognition (OCR).

Making OCR scans will facilitate the transformation of documentation to digital form and enhance the presentation and value of patent documents issued by an IP office.

indicate dates

The recommendations contained within WIPO Standard ST.2 help avoid any misinterpretation of the numerals used to represent calendar dates.