10.024. Can the applicant amend the claims, the description and the drawings before and during the international preliminary examination? The applicant has the right, under Article 34(2)(b), to amend the claims, the description and the drawings before the start of the international preliminary examination and also during the examination, if time permits, until the preparation of the international preliminary report on patentability (Chapter II of the PCT). (As far as the claims are concerned, this is in fact the second opportunity to amend them before the international preliminary examination starts; the first opportunity is offered by the possibility of submitting amendments under Article 19 to the International Bureau as described in paragraphs 9.004 to 9.009, and 9.011.) For further details concerning amendments under Article 34(2)(b), see paragraphs 10.028, 10.067 to 10.071, 11.045 to 11.047.
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