Can I use PCT-SAFE in its full operational mode to prepare my entire international application in electronic form and to file it via secure on-line transmission with the United States Receiving Office (RO/US)?


No. EFS-Web will only allow submission of the PCT-EASY .zip file created by PCT-SAFE when operated in the PCT-EASY mode. The PCT-EASY .zip file will contain the Request and fee calculation sheet in PDF format. All other documents or application parts (e.g. description, claims, drawings and abstract) must be separately prepared and attached as PDF documents.

PCT-SAFE when operated in the PCT-EASY mode creates a validated PCT Request which will entitle the applicant to a 200 Swiss franc reduction of the international filing fee.

If applicant chooses not to use PCT-SAFE to create the Request and fee calculation sheet, the applicant can use the conventional Request (Form PCT/RO/101) and attach it as a PDF document in the same way they attach all other documents or application parts (e.g. description, claims, drawings and abstract).


USPTO FAQ - Questions and Answers (15AUG2007)