A.1 PCT Establishment of a Union

(1)   The States party to this Treaty (hereinafter called "the Contracting States") constitute a Union for cooperation in the filing, searching, and examination, of applications for the protection of inventions, and for rendering special technical services. The Union shall be known as the International Patent Cooperation Union.

(2)   No provision of this Treaty shall be interpreted as diminishing the rights under the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property of any national or resident of any country party to that Convention.

Source: http://www.wipo.int/pct/en/texts/articles/a1.htm

Date retrieved: 24 November 2017

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