As from 1 January 2019, the EPO will be accepting requests to participate in the Collaborative Search and Examination pilot project from interested PCT applicants filing in French or German who have selected the EPO as their International Searching Authority (ISA).
We will re-open the call for PCT applications filed in English on 1 July 2019.
We sincerely thank our international applicants for the overwhelmingly positive response thus far and look forward to future interest.
The IP5 offices launched their PCT Collaborative Search and Examination pilot project on 1 July 2018 to explore the benefits of collaboration between examiners at the different IP authorities in the handling of PCT applications. Detailed information has been published in the Official Journal.