- Repeated side comments visible within one provision have been removed. The first reference only has been retained. So it may be necessary to look up or down for the relevant information.
- Longer side comments have been consolidated or moved to inline comment boxes
- Instead of repeating provisions verbatim, references to other sections have been included. This may mean that you need to use the index at the front if you are looking for the full recitation of a provision (electronically, there is always a clickable link to the provision text).
- Many sections now also begin with a "More details found elsewhere in this book" comment box to help navigation
Additional changes include:
All the PCT legal changes of the legal changes of 1 July 2020 have been incorporated, including: R. 82quater.2, R. 26quater, R. 20.5bis, R. 20.8(a-bis), R. 20.8(b-bis), R. 40bis, R. 96.2, R. 71.1, R. 94.1 Section 1.5: Overview added of all currently valid reservations (Articles and Rules) Sections 2.10.1 and 2.10.2 amended to more clearly divide between procedural and substantive priority requirements to reduce the overlap Section 3.4: Overviews added and updated for missing parts & elements Section 9.1: Moved table info to other boxes, and split communications to make them consistent with the rest. Table deleted to reduce length and improve readability. Section 12.10: Excusing delay and general possibilities for excuse, tidied up and references added to other sections.
Correction of known errors:
R. 2.4 was incorrectly cited in several places as legal basis for 12m priority period. Legally, this is incorrect - it is actually R. 4C(1) PC (Paris Convention). R. 2.4 was added in 1 Apr 2007 to merely clarify that "priority period" should be interpreted according to A. 4 PC - PCT/R/WG/7/3, Annex I, p.2. So, the priority period is NOT a "Time limit fixed in Treaty" and NOT a "Time limit fixed in Regulations". R.2.4 is only relevant for R.26bis, R. 49ter (restoration calculation). Amended comments in A. 48(1), (2) regarding availability in international and/or national phases.
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