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Patent Cooperation Treaty

Patent Cooperation Treaty


done at Washington on June 19, 1970,
amended on September 28, 1979,
modified on February 3, 1984, and on October 3, 2001

(as in force from April 1, 2002)


Table of Contents:

Preamble

Introductory Provisions

Article 1 Establishment of a Union
Article 2 Definitions


Chapter I: International Application and International Search

Article 3 The International Application
Article 4 The Request
Article 5 The Description
Article 6 The Claims
Article 7 The Drawings
Article 8 Claiming Priority
Article 9 The Applicant
Article 10 The Receiving Office
Article 11 Filing Date and Effects of the International Application
Article 12 Transmittal of the International Application to the International Bureau and the International Searching Authority
Article 13 Availability of Copy of the International Application to Designated Offices
Article 14 Certain Defects in the International Application
Article 15 The International Search
Article 16 The International Searching Authority
Article 17 Procedure Before the International Searching Authority
Article 18 The International Search Report
Article 19 Amendment of the Claims Before the International Bureau
Article 20 Communication to Designated Offices
Article 21 International Publication
Article 22 Copy, Translation, and Fee, to Designated Offices
Article 23 Delaying of National Procedure
Article 24 Possible Loss of Effect in Designated States
Article 25 Review by Designated Offices
Article 26 Opportunity to Correct Before Designated Offices
Article 27 National Requirements
Article 28 Amendment of the Claims, the Description, and the Drawings, Before Designated Offices
Article 29 Effects of the International Publication
Article 30 Confidential Nature of the International Application


Chapter II: International Preliminary Examination

Article 31 Demand for International Preliminary Examination
Article 32 The International Preliminary Examining Authority
Article 33 The International Preliminary Examination
Article 34 Procedure Before the International Preliminary Examining Authority
Article 35 The International Preliminary Examination Report
Article 36 Transmittal, Translation, and Communication, of the International Preliminary Examination Report
Article 37 Withdrawal of Demand or Election
Article 38 Confidential Nature of the International Preliminary Examination
Article 39 Copy, Translation, and Fee, to Elected Offices
Article 40 Delaying of National Examination and Other Processing
Article 41 Amendment of the Claims, the Description, and the Drawings, Before Elected Offices
Article 42 Results of National Examination in Elected Offices


Chapter III: Common Provisions

Article 43 Seeking Certain Kinds of Protection
Article 44 Seeking Two Kinds of Protection
Article 45 Regional Patent Treaties
Article 46 Incorrect Translation of the International Application
Article 47 Time Limits
Article 48 Delay in Meeting Certain Time Limits
Article 49 Right to Practice Before International Authorities


Chapter IV: Technical Services

Article 50 Patent Information Services
Article 51 Technical Assistance
Article 52 Relations with Other Provisions of the Treaty


Chapter V: Administrative Provisions


Article 53 Assembly
Article 54 Executive Committee
Article 55 International Bureau
Article 56 Committee for Technical Cooperation
Article 57 Finances
Article 58 Regulations


Chapter VI: Disputes

Article 59 Disputes


Chapter VII: Revision and Amendment

Article 60 Revision of the Treaty
Article 61 Amendment of Certain Provisions of the Treaty


Chapter VIII: Final Provisions

Article 62 Becoming Party to the Treaty
Article 63 Entry into Force of the Treaty
Article 64 Reservations
Article 65 Gradual Application
Article 66 Denunciation
Article 67 Signature and Languages
Article 68 Depositary Functions
Article 69 Notifications


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