5.1bis Alternative means of online transmission
Alternative means of online transmission may be used, in agreement with the
International Bureau, by Offices which do not use the E-filing interoperability protocol,
(a) interoperability between the existing PCT E-filing client and server software is
maintained without needing further technical intervention; and
(b) the outcome of the transmission is equivalent to the outcome of the E-filing
interoperability protocol (in particular in terms of receipt and level of security provided).
5.2 Package/transmission combinations
This section describes the permissible package/transmission combinations, for each of
the PCT communication sectors. This standard does not preclude provision of publicly
available information by means other than those covered in the standard. Further packaging
types (e.g., web-based document delivery) and package/transmission options may become
available in the future.
5.2.1 Applicant-Office communication (international phase) sector
In this sector, IA documents may be filed by online means (using PKI) over a secure
channel or transmitted off-line (using PKI or non-PKI) on physical media. The option of
online filing of an international application utilizing a non-PKI method is not presently
permitted, except under transitional reservations notified under AIs Section 703(f).
Figure 13 shows a matrix of the package/transmission combinations that are
permissible in this sector:
(a) Online/over a secure channel: a WASP or C-WASP must be used. This is
defined as a telecommunication connection established to exchange data over a
network which includes: (i) a private network; (ii) the Internet using channel
level encryption (e.g. SSL (or TLS)); (iii) a Virtual Private Network (VPN)
connection over the Internet.
(b) Off-line/on a physical medium: a WASP, C-WASP or WAD package must be
used. Physical media (e.g., diskette, CD-ROM, DVD, etc.) are used to store IA
data with no real-time data exchange.