Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mode of operations of Rospatent, the
International Bureau of Intellectual Property (WIPO) and of postal systems worldwide,
Rospatent, in its function as the International Searching Authority (ISA/RU) and the
International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA/RU), has changed the procedure for
sending PCT notifications, international search reports, written communications, and
international preliminary examination reports to applicants starting from March 30, 2020.
PCT applicants can obtain complete information about the processing of their international
applications, including a review of the international search report and the opinion letters
(ISA/RU) by using the ePCT service offered by WIPO.
Applicants who are not yet using the ePCT service are encouraged to create an appropriate
account. For more details please see https://pct.wipo.int/ePCTExternal/pages/landing.xhtml.
Other procedural information will be communicated to applicants from the ISA/RU via e-mail
letters provided that an e-mail address had been indicated in the application filed.
Applicants who have not yet provided an e-mail address in relation to their international
application(s), are encouraged to provide such information to the International Bureau in
accordance with the recommendations listed at
If needed, applicants can send a message to ISA/RU at email@example.com.
The International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
presents its compliments to Member States and Observers and has the honor to
communicate that, due to the need to comply with guidance by public health
authorities, and following the disruption of postal service in many countries, WIPO is
not able to send or receive paper communications by postal mail until further notice.
All correspondence to WIPO should kindly be sent exclusively via email, with no
paper copy, to firstname.lastname@example.org until further notice. This will enable
correspondence to be dealt with in a timely manner by staff working remotely, in
accordance with WIPO’s business continuity protocols.
All outward official circulars and notifications from WIPO will likewise be transmitted
by email in order to ensure their reliable delivery, with no paper hard copies
dispatched to postal addresses.
Intellectual Property Offices and users of WIPO’s Global IP Services have been
notified separately with specific advice on communications with the PCT, Madrid
and Hague registries.