PCT AG-IP 5.175 What other formal requirements does the international application have to meet?

Article 21(6)
Rule 9

5.175.   What other formal requirements does the international application have to meet?  The international application may not contain matter contrary to morality or public order, disparaging statements or obviously irrelevant or unnecessary matter. 

When the receiving Office, the International Searching Authority, the Authority specified for supplementary search or the International Bureau note lack of compliance with the prescriptions of Rule 9, the Office or Authority may suggest that the applicant correct his international application accordingly. For the procedure to correct a defect under Rule 9, see paragraph 6.052.

Rule 10

5.176.   There are certain requirements as to the technical terminology and signs to be used (metric system, etc.).  They are specified in Rule 10.  The use of such prescribed technical terminology will be accepted by all designated Offices.

Article 3(4)(ii)
Rule 11

5.177.   The international application must comply with certain physical requirements, such as requirements concerning fitness for reproduction, the paper to be used, the manner of writing (generally typewritten or printed), etc.  The details are spelled out in Rule 11.  They are, in general, very similar to the requirements applied by the major Patent Offices for national applications (and by the Eurasian Patent Office and the European Patent Office for Eurasian and European patent applications, respectively).

Rule 4.16

5.178.   Where any name or address is written in characters other than those of the Latin alphabet (for example, Chinese, Cyrillic or Japanese), it must be transliterated or translated into English.  For details, see Rule 4.16.

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

Date retrieved: 24 November 2017

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