The period for remedying the following deficiencies is two months from a communication pointing them out according to Rule 58:[Rule 58; ]
If the above deficiencies under (i)-(iv) or (vi) are not rectified in time, the application is refused under Art. 90(5). If the deficiency under (v) is not rectified in time, the application is deemed to be withdrawn under Art. 14(2). According to Rule 135(2), further processing is excluded for all of the above losses of rights, which all arise from the failure to observe the time limit of Rule 58.[Art. 90(5); Art. 14(2); ]
The following deficiencies are rectified under provisions other than Rule 58:
According to Rule 45(2), the period for remedying deficiencies with regard to the payment of claims fees under (vii) is one month from a communication pointing out their non-payment. Failure to correct this deficiency in time leads to the claims in question being deemed to be abandoned under Rule 45(3). Further processing applies to this loss of rights.[Rule 45; ]
Deficiencies under (viii) are to be corrected within a period of two months from a communication under Rule 59. This period can be extended under Rule 132(2) (see E‑IX, 2.3.5, for Euro-PCT applications), but further processing is ruled out by Rule 135(2). Failure to correct this deficiency in time leads to the loss of the priority right.[Art. 90(5); Rule 59; ]
Failure to pay the filing, additional or search fee on time results in the deemed withdrawal of the application according to Art. 78(2). This loss of rights ensues directly on expiry of the applicable time limit (see A‑III, 13). A deficiency under (ix) can be corrected by requesting further processing.[Art. 78(2); ]
Where appropriate, the search division is informed of any loss of rights.
Date retrieved: 30 December 2018