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

 
 
PCT Direct service
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If the applicant has made use of the PCT Direct service by filing, together with the international application, a set of informal comments on the EPO’s earlier search results for the priority application (see point 144), the EPO as ISA will take such informal comments into account when establishing the ISR and WO-ISA. The PCT Direct service is useful for applicants interested in a positive WO-ISA in cases where the EPO has raised objections in the search opinion for the priority application. The informal comments should be in the form of a "PCT Direct letter" and should aim at overcoming the objections raised for the priority application, in particular by explaining any amendments made compared to the priority application and by commenting on the objections raised.