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Reminder: Call for PCT applications in German or French for the Collaborative Search and Examination (“CS&E”) pilot programme

The EPO would like to remind applicants that, since 1 January 2019, PCT applicants wishing to participate in the Collaborative Search and Examination pilot programme and selecting the EPO as the International Searching Authority (ISA) are welcome to request participation in the pilot of applications filed in German or French.

The call for PCT applications filed in English will be re-opened on 1 July 2019.

We sincerely thank our PCT applicants for the overwhelmingly positive response thus far and look forward to future interest. 

The PCT Collaborative Search and Examination (IP5) pilot programme was launched on 1 July 2018 to explore the benefits of collaboration between examiners in different IP authorities when handling PCT applications. Detailed information was published in the Official Journal.  

CS&E requests should be submitted together with international applications for which the EPO is acting as receiving Office (see below for instructions on filing requests using electronic filing tools).

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