PCT AG-IP 11.089 What is a successor State?

Rule 32.1(a)

11.089.   What is a successor State?  A successor State is a State whose territory was, before its independence, part of the territory of a PCT Contracting State that subsequently ceased to exist (the predecessor State), and which (successor State) has deposited with the Director General of WIPO a declaration indicating that the PCT continues to be applicable in that State (“declaration of continuation”).  As from the date of the deposit of such a declaration, the successor State may be designated in international applications.  Moreover, the effects of international applications filed during a certain period are extended to the successor State.

Source: http://www.wipo.int/pct/en/appguide/text.jsp?page=ip11.html

Date retrieved: 02 November 2015

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