Obtaining Full Copies

Date Published

On completion of the search, the examiner retrieves the documents themselves directly from electronic sources such as EPOQUE, “Get Citations” etc. All the downloaded documents relating to the PCT application are to be stored in the respective International application folder in COMPASS.

The examiner may review full copies of less clearly relevant abstracts electronically (if available). Where the search has revealed only A category abstracts, a minimal number of these should be obtained as full copies (or viewed electronically) for further consideration as possible citations in the report to indicate the current state of the art.

If a required document is in a foreign language, then the examiner should check for its English equivalents and use one of them (if available) in the search report.