5.100. How can an international application containing a sequence listing be filed? An international application containing a sequence listing, forming part of the international application, can be filed on paper or in electronic form. Where the international application is filed in electronic form, the sequence listing part of the description must also be filed in that form. The application has to be in an electronic document format and/or by a means of transmittal accepted by the receiving Office for the purposes of filing international applications in electronic form (Annex F). The sequence listing shall preferably be in text format prepared in accordance with paragraph 40, Annex C of the Administrative Instructions. This means the actual sequence listing file output generated by the “PatentIn” software (a “.txt” or “.app” file–depending on the version of the software used (see paragraph 5.104)) without converting it into PDF or any other format. Where the international application is filed on paper, the sequence listing part of the description must also be filed on paper in accordance with Annex C of the Administrative Instructions. Where the international application is filed on paper and the International Searching Authority requires a copy of the sequence listing in electronic form, such a copy together with the required statement should accompany the international application, but only for the purposes of international search under Rule 13ter (see paragraph 5.102).
Date retrieved: 02 November 2015