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Guide for applicants, Part 2: PCT procedure before the EPO (Euro-PCT Guide)

 
 
Euro-PCT Guide and other sources of information
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It is explicitly pointed out that the Euro-PCT Guide is intended to be complementary to, but not a substitute for, the PCT Applicant's Guide ("WIPO PCT Guide").
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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.
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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 2014.
OJ 2013, 606
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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 ].
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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. Any reference to "Guidelines" ("GL/EPO") in this guide, however, relates to the Guidelines for Examination in the European Patent Office as revised in 2013[ 9 ].