PCT AG-IP 11.116 How are observations processed?

Section 802(b)

11.116.   How are observations processed?  Each observation will be examined by the International Bureau to determine if it is an observation on the questions of novelty and/or inventive step.  It will then be made publicly available on PATENTSCOPE.  It should be noted that only the observations and not the uploaded documents are made publicly available.  Uploaded documents are only made available to the applicant, the competent International Authorities and designated Offices.  If the observation is rejected by the International Bureau, the third party will be notified and provided with a reason.

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

Date retrieved: 24 November 2017