PCT AG-IP 5.052 What is the designation of States?

Article 4(1)(ii)
Rule 4.9(a)

5.052.   What is the designation of States?  The designation of States is the indication of Contracting States in or for which the applicant may seek protection for his invention.  For international applications filed after 1 January 2004, the filing of the request automatically constitutes:

(i)  the designation of all Contracting States that are bound by the Treaty on the international filing date; 

(ii)  an indication that the international application is, in respect of each designated State to which Article 43 or 44 applies, for the grant of every kind of protection which is available by way of the designation of that State;  and

(iii)  an indication that the international application is, in respect of each designated State to which Article 45(1) applies, for the grant of a regional patent and also, unless Article 45(2) applies, a national patent. 

This is also valid where the applicant does not use the request Form PCT/RO/101 issued on 1 January 2004, or thereafter, or where the international filing date is changed to a date either on, or after, 1 January 2004. 

Rule 4.9(b)

5.053.   As an exception to the automatic and all-inclusive designation of Contracting States, Germany, Japan and the Republic of Korea may be excluded from being designated.  The reason for this exception is that these States have notified the International Bureau that the national law applied by their designated Offices contains provisions to the effect that the filing of an international application which contains the designation of that State and which claims the priority of an earlier national application having effect in the same State, has the result that the earlier national application ceases to have effect.  Check-boxes can therefore be marked when an applicant wants to avoid undesired loss of the national priority application.  Further details relating to this issue, and particular conditions which may apply, are explained in Annex B in respect of these States. 

Source: http://www.wipo.int/pct/en/appguide/text.jsp?page=ip05.html

Date retrieved: 24 November 2017

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