Sunday, October 6, 2019

1st Edition of PCT.App now available (online and as a book)

After a lot of effort, both making content as well as adapting the platform (thanks to Till Andlauer, Stefan Ahlers, Thomas Eißfeller), we have finished the first edition available of the PCT. App. Finally, a tool is available that can deal with a convoluted treaty like PCT.
UPDATE: we have just performed some major updates
This is the book that I wish had been available when I was first studying PCT. The main organisation of the Articles and Rules is based on topics, and not on numerical order, although I have kept the order of Articles as much as possible. Within each topic, the most relevant Article, Rules and pieces of Articles & Rules are shown. Where necessary, Administrative Instructions have also been included. Clickable cross-references are included demonstrating how the law is arranged, as well as external links to simplify studying.
It includes my comments as author, with summaries and explanations of how things work, but coupled to the law to illustrate the legal basis for what is going on. It also includes legal analysis and interpretation of key articles and rules for legal practitioners. Comments are also included about the WIPO organisation and amendment of the Treaty.
The PCT.App platform is a perfect platform for fine tuning your own legal reference using - you can jump around the law using links, go to external sections of the different guidelines to learn, hide author comments that you do not need, add both in-line and adjacent comments, highlight and underline important parts. The IP.appify platform allows you to generate pdf's so that you can print your reference.
UPDATE: Now available on Amazon as a stand-alone book in English at Amazon (.de or It includes extensive comments, summaries and annotations by me as author to speed up understanding of how PCT works. It is intended as a book for daily practice, or for studying in preparation for the EQE. It is also suitable for using at the EQE as the logical structure allows the relevant parts of the law to be found quickly.
The EPC.App stand-alone book with basic author's comments on EPC is already available on Amazon (.de or .com or - see post here.


  1. Hi Can I use this as a reference for EQE 2020? (given that it is valid as of 1 Nov 2019 and we are advised to use legal references valid as of 31 Oct 2019?)

    1. Thanks for the question. Yes - official PCT materials were updated by the WIPO in July. Everything is based on the situation at the end of October 2019. This is probably more of an issue with the Guidelines, but the Exam committee has said that they will usually accept more up-to-date materials:
      Good luck!