1 Sep 21: updated State annotations, included key Paris Convention articles, added internal hyperlinks between parts, full-text search now available, legal changes of 1 July 21 added. See blog post for details.
Combining knowledge from 10 years of teaching PCT, and the highly automated IP.appify platform, we have created a pioneering legal reference for IP professionals who wish to go beyond the guidance provided in official WIPO user guides.
Useful for daily practice and essential for European Qualifying Exam (EQE) students.
Available online for users who prefer digital access and want to tailor the references to their own requirements. Subscribers can print-on-demand their own customized color copy. Alternatively, a standard paper copy is available.
Always double check the status of info with the latest official resources. Consult an authorised professional or legal counsel before relying on the information presented.
Each SUBJECT includes the most relevant provisions - relevant paragraphs are repeated or referenced, less relevant parts are hidden.
All Articles and Rules are included at least once.
Legal texts and comments are displayed side-by-side. Authors’ comments are assigned per paragraph, and include references to other provisions, external resources and annotations. Umbrella & implementing provisions are frequently indicated. Explanations & overviews are provided for complex subjects such as:
Where possible, the structure mirrors the PCT Applicant's Guide - Introductions to International Phase (AG-IP) & National Phase (AG-NP). This allows a straightforward jump to PCT.App if you want to know the relevant law.
|1. What is the PCT?||2. What is the PCT?|
|2. Filing an International Application||5. Filing an International Application|
|3. Processing of Application by RO||6. Processing of Application by RO|
|4. International Search: Processing of Application by ISA||7. International Search: Processing of Application by ISA|
|5. Supplementary International Search by SISA||8. Supplementary International Search|
|6. International Publication & Other Processing by IB||9. International Publication & Other Processing by IB|
|7. International Preliminary Examination by IPEA||10. International Preliminary Examination under Chapter II|
|8. Misc. Questions concerning International Phase||11. Misc. Questions concerning International Phase|
|9. End of International Phase||3. Time Limit for Entering International Phase|
|10. Acts to be Performed for Entry||4. Acts to be Performed for Entry|
|11. Special National Phase Requirements||5. Special Requirements to be Complied With in National Phase|
|12. Misc. Questions concerning National Phase||6. Misc. Questions concerning National Phase|
|13. Entry into specific Regional & National Phases (EP & US)||National Chapters - EP & US|
As PCT.App concentrates mainly on the Articles & Rules, it is useful to use with my Complete PCT Applicant's Guide, which includes all official WIPO Guidelines. Also included are our Detailed Tables of Contents, overviews of major changes in last 3 years & page numbers:
Standard phrases in legal texts have been replaced by well-known abbreviations, such as IB, ISA, IPEA, rO, and dO. Inline comments in the legal text are sometimes used, such as /eO. Standardised marking is used to emphasize key words, time limits, fees, languages, and legal consequences, either in black & white (printed book) or color (online):
The extensive comments & annotations allow it to be used as-is for exams, like the EQE. During preparation before the exam, learn the structure and distribution by answering as many legal questions as possible. Use it with the PCT Applicant's Guide and Euro-PCT Guide, and ignore parts not relevant for the exam.
Step 1 = where in the procedure does the case takes place? - this gives the relevant PART:
Step 2 = determine which SUBJECT(S) to look up by scanning the Detailed contents (Sep 20 (sample) (per SUBJECT: titles of explanation boxes, relevant Articles & Rules together with the provision titles).
Comments & cross-references have been included based on the original and updated minutes from the Washington Diplomatic Conference (WDC 1970), where the legal text was finalised. Treaty provisions that deal with the WIPO organization, internal financing, treaty amendment and accession process are also commented. We provide a printing service for these WIPO texts - they are less relevant for applicants, but highly relevant for those studying the history and those who keep PCT up to date:
Although the order of Articles is respected where possible, it is not efficient to scan adjacent sections for adjacent Articles. Recommended is to use the Index of Articles & Rules ( Index Sample - Sep 20), which shows page numbers where each provision is at least partially included.
The page numbers found can be used to quickly check in the Detailed Contents ( Detailed Contents sample - Sep 20) which PART and SUBJECT is associated with each Article or Rule inclusion, so that a better choice can be made what to look up.
Read & navigate: hyperlinked internal references to Articles & Rules, and external references to Guidelines & OJEO notices. Marking styles are in color, and can be personalized. Users can also define and apply two of their own marking styles - see here for more details.
Hide and add text: hide legal texts and comments you do not want to see. The text is not deleted permanently, and can be restored. Add comments and references in areas you struggle with. Subscribers to EPC.App can add bidirectional hyperlinked references.
Never out-of-date: your adaptations are saved in a personal cloud, and legal texts are regularly updated automatically. Generate an A4 color printable pdf of your own PCT.App for printing in your office or a customized color copyvia a print-on-demand service.
Since 1 Jan 21, subscribers can order a print-on-demand customized color copy of their own reference. It is approx. 600 pages, but it depends on the degree of customization. It is 25.4 x 17,8cm, printed on 60g paper.
You determine the content and the marking styles, using your preferred colors for the standard styles and two of your own styles. For example, standard styles may be redefined as:
It is available through Amazon in different countries. It is 660 pages (38 mm thick). A version printed on thin (50g) bible paper (21mm thick) is also available.
The marking styles are black and white only, using different underlining styles and bold text. It is available in English and German, and is regularly updated.
It is also available through IP.appify, allowing you to add comments & annotations as you study, to shape according to your own logic, and to make your own EPC.App that never goes out of date.
Use with my EPC reference books:
- Indexed EPO-EPC Guidelines, with a detailed table of contents, an overview of major changes in last 3 years & page numbers.
- EPO as a PCT Authority (including indexed Euro-PCT Guide & EPO-PCT Guidelines with detailed tables of contents, overviews of major changes in last 3 years & page numbers.
Nothing in our training or study materials is to be considered as legal advice - our resources are intended for educational and informational purposes only. IP law is highly complex and continuously changing, so always double check the status with the latest official resources. Consult an authorised professional or legal counsel before relying on the information presented. In particular, the authors and Fireball Patents do not accept liability for the accuracy of the information or for any printing errors.