9.025. Can access be gained at the International Bureau to the file of an international application? For international applications filed before 1 July 1998, the applicant or any person authorized by the applicant may, subject to reimbursement of the cost of the service, obtain copies from the International Bureau of any document contained in its file. For international applications filed on or after 1 July 1998, the International Bureau makes certain documents in its file available on PATENTSCOPE together with the published international application. In addition, it will, at the request of any person but not before the international publication of the international application and subject to Article 38, furnish, upon reimbursement of the cost of the service, copies of any document contained in its file, except for information which has been omitted from international publication or public file access following a reasoned request by the applicant (see paragraphs 11.072 to 11.074 for details concerning the confidentiality of international applications).
9.027. Concerning access to the international preliminary report on patentability (Chapter II of the PCT), the International Bureau, if so requested by an elected Office, makes copies of that report available on PATENTSCOPE to third parties on behalf of that Office. A number of elected Offices have made this request to the International Bureau, see www.wipo.int/pct/en/texts/access_iper.html.
Date retrieved: 24 November 2017