Geneva, 03 Sep 2004
AVAILABILITY OF SEQUENCE LISTINGS IN ELECTRONIC FORM
Document prepared by the International Bureau
1. The Appendix to this document contains a copy of a preliminary draft which has been published informally on the PCT Reform electronic forum for comment, prior to a formal document being prepared for the seventh session of the Working Group on Reform of the PCT. This draft follows up discussion in earlier sessions of the Working Group of proposals for a central deposit system for sequence listings and suggests that little further legal or technical provision is required at the International Bureau for the improved handling of sequence listings in electronic form. Rather, procedures and inter-Office communication arrangements must be considered.
2. The Meeting is invited to comment on aspects of the preliminary draft document in the Appendix which affect the operation of the International Authorities, and to indicate whether further action is required to facilitate the electronic transfer of sequence listings between the International Bureau and the International Authorities.