The WIPO PCT Guide is published in English and French by the International Bureau of WIPO ("IB") in electronic form only.[ 2 ]. A German translation is published in paper form by Carl Heymanns Verlag.
Regularly updated general information on the EPO and specific information on the procedures before the EPO as receiving Office, International Authority (ISA, SISA and IPEA) and designated/elected Office under the PCT is provided in the Annexes to the WIPO PCT Guide.[ 3 ]. Relevant information is also provided on the EPO website[ 4 ] and in the EPO's Official Journal ("OJ"), which is published in electronic form only.[ 5 ] Applicants are strongly advised to consult these publications and to take note of, in particular, any information published after 1 January 20162017.
OJ 2013, 606
Up-to-date news about the PCT is available on the WIPO website and also from the PCT Newsletter and the Official Notices (PCT Gazette), both published in electronic form by WIPO.[ 6 ].
Applicants desiring further information about the PCT procedure in the international phase are advised to consult the Administrative Instructions under the PCT ("AI")[ 7 ], the PCT Receiving Office Guidelines ("GL/RO") and the PCT International Search and Preliminary Examination Guidelines ("ISPE Guidelines", "GL/ISPE")[ 8 ], all available on the WIPO website. Since 1 November 2015, applicants have also been able to consult the Guidelines for Search and Examination at the European Patent Office as PCT Authority ("PCT-EPO Guidelines", "GL/PCT-EPO"), available on the EPO website. Furthermore, any reference to "GL/EPO" in this Guide relates to the Guidelines for Examination in the European Patent Office as revised in 2015.[ 9 ].
Date retrieved: 24 November 2017