5.015. What is the form of the request? Where the international application is filed on paper, the request must be made on a printed form (Form PCT/RO/101) to be filled in with the required indications or be presented as a computer print-out complying with the Administrative Instructions. A filled-in sample and a blank copy of the Form PCT/RO/101 are available from the Internet website address indicated below. Any prospective applicant may also obtain copies of the printed request Form PCT/RO/101, free of charge, from the receiving Office with which he plans to file his international application or from the International Bureau. To facilitate preparation of the request, the International Bureau has prepared downloadable PDF (portable document format) versions on its website. These may be downloaded from www.wipo.int/pct/en/forms/ and completed using a computer or printed out and filled in using a typewriter. The request, and instructions on how to complete the editable version, is also available from that site.
5.016. The request contains a petition for the international application to be processed according to the PCT and must also contain certain indications. It must contain the title of the invention. It must identify the applicant, (normally) the inventor, and the agent (if any). The filing of a request constitutes the designation of all Contracting States bound by the PCT on the international filing date, for the grant of every kind of protection available and for the grant of both regional and national patents. The request should also contain, where applicable, a priority claim, an indication of the applicant’s choice of competent International Searching Authority and a reference to any relevant earlier international, international-type or other search. The request must be signed. Details for the filling in of the request form are given below in respect of each Box of that form. As to the language of the request, see paragraph 5.013.
5.017. It is recommended that the applicant indicate his file reference, if any, not exceeding 12 characters in length, in the box provided for this purpose on the first sheet of the request form. The receiving Office, International Bureau, International Searching Authority and International Preliminary Examining Authority will use the file reference in correspondence with the applicant (see also paragraphs 5.105, 5.129, 10.015 and 11.071 as to the indication of file references on other elements of, or papers relating to, the international application).
Date retrieved: 24 November 2017