On 1 July 2018, the IP5 Offices launched a pilot project to test a collaborative approach to international searches under the PCT, in particular with a view to assessing the users' interest for such a new PCT product and the expected efficiency gains for the participating offices.
The main features of this Collaborative Search and Examination (CS&E) pilot project are:
The IP5 Offices agreed that at a later point in the pilot, they may also accept applications filed in languages other than English.
CS&E process model:
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Further details on the concept and framework of this CS&E pilot project and the requirements for participation are available via the IP5 Offices' respective websites: