The self-editable commented Patent Cooperation Treaty

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  • PCT.App is an annotated Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) for both practitioners and trainees, which is provided with extensive authors' comments. See Pete Pollard's detailed author explanations of the concept with samples.
  • This book tackles the well-known problem of the PCT that the articles of the treaty define only basic matter and the rules of the regulations have become a convoluted mix of legal provisions which is difficult to comprehend in full. The PCT.App, on the other hand, is directed to allow an easy start into the PCT and to find answers quickly. To this end, the structure is based upon the logic of the PCT Applicant's Guide, which mainly reflects the chronological processing of the international application and helps to define a starting point when searching for a specific answer. The articles and rules of the PCT are reordered according to this topic-based structure and enhanced by numerous supplementary overviews, all to achieve quicker and more intuitive access.
  • At the same time, the PCT.App allows to dig as deep into the PCT as you want. To this end, all relevant provisions of the PCT are included at least once and provided with detailed authors' comments directly coupled to the law. Users can further utilize the flexibility of the electronic platform to add their own comments, to customize markings, to re-display details of the law that have been hidden by the authors for focus purposes, or add further related legal provisions from an extensive database.
  • Together with the EPC.App, the PCT.App enables bidirectional references as hyperlinks and convenient switching between EPC and PCT with a single login. The combination also allows to have both relevant reference books for the EQE from the same source with a common concept.
  • Users who purchase annual licenses for both EPC.App and PCT.App, receive a discount of 50% on the second App, so that both together cost 150% of any single annual license.
  • PCT.App is currently available in English only. The release of a German version with same content is planned for late September 2020. The content will be updated to the current legal status at least once per year (in November at the latest). See update notes for the latest September 2020 edition.
  • For all those who prefer to start with a classical book, a stand-alone printed version of PCT.App with all authors' comments is available as paperback in two sizes with same content (both in 24x17cm format with currently 662 b/w pages for the September 2020 Edition). The first version on strong 90g paper for heavy usage (3.8cm thick) is available via Amazon (in the marketplaces UK, DE, FR, ES, IT, US, CA, JP). The second version on thin 50g paper for convenient transport (2.1cm thick) is available via In the Amazon store, you can freely inspect the first few pages of the book by selecting “Look inside”.