A.35 PCT The International Preliminary Examination Report

(1)  The international preliminary examination report shall be established within the prescribed time limit and in the prescribed form.

(2)  The international preliminary examination report shall not contain any statement on the question whether the claimed invention is or seems to be patentable or unpatentable according to any national law. It shall state, subject to the provisions of paragraph (3), in relation to each claim, whether the claim appears to satisfy the criteria of novelty, inventive step (non-obviousness), and industrial applicability, as defined for the purposes of the international preliminary examination in Article 33(1) to (4). The statement shall be accompanied by the citation of the documents believed to support the stated conclusion with such explanations as the circumstances of the case may require. The statement shall also be accompanied by such other observations as the Regulations provide for.

(3)(a)  If, at the time of establishing the international preliminary examination report, the International Preliminary Examining Authority considers that any of the situations referred to in Article 34(4)(a) exists, that report shall state this opinion and the reasons therefor. It shall not contain any statement as provided in paragraph (2).

(b)  If a situation under Article 34(4)(b) is found to exist, the international preliminary examination report shall, in relation to the claims in question, contain the statement as provided in subparagraph (a), whereas, in relation to the other claims, it shall contain the statement as provided in paragraph (2).

Source: http://www.wipo.int/pct/en/texts/articles/a35.htm

Date retrieved: 02 November 2015

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EPO PCT GL - C Procedureal Aspects Chapter II

EPO Guide for Applicants, part II Int. - D The EPO as an IPEA

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PCT Implementing Rules

PCT Applicant's Guide - International Phase