MPEP Q & A 15: Procedural Step for International Applications Going Through the International Searching Authority

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Question:

List one procedural step that all international applications go through in the International Searching Authority.

Answer:

The main procedural steps that any international application goes through in the International Searching Authority are:

  • the making of the international search,
  • the preparing of the international search report and
  • for international applications having an international filing date on or after January 1, 2004, the preparing of a written opinion of the International Searching Authority

Chapter Details:

The answer to this question can be found in chapter 1800 of the MPEP. This chapter covers Patent Cooperation Treaty.

The answer is from the 9th Edition, Revision 07.2015. Depending on future changes to the MPEP, the question and answer may or may not be applicable in later Editions or revisions.

Section Summary:

This question and answer comes from section 1840 of the MPEP.  The following is a brief summary of section 1840.

1840 The International Searching Authority

The United  States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) agreed to and was appointed by the  PCT Assembly, to act as an International Searching Authority. As such an  Authority, the primary functions are to establish (1) international search  reports and (2) for international applications having an international filing  date on or after January 1, 2004, written opinions.

 

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