The examiner completes the Notification of Transmittal of the International Search Report and the Written Opinion of the International Searching Authority, or the Declaration (Form PCT/ISA/220) upon completion of the International Search Report (Form PCT/ISA/210) or the Declaration of Non-Establishment of the International Search Report (Form PCT/ISA/203) and completion of the Written Opinion of the International Searching Authority (Form PCT/ISA/237).
The Form PCT/ISA/220 serves as a cover letter for the PCT/ISA/210 or PCT/ISA/203 and for the PCT/ISA/237.
The Form PCT/ISA/220 indicates the mailing date, which is important for the computation of the time limit for filing amendments to the claims under PCT Article 19 (see MPEP § 1853) and proposed modifications of, or comments on, the abstract. The mailing date on Form PCT/ISA/220 may also establish the time limit for making a demand under PCT Rule 54bis.1 (see MPEP § 1842, subsection VI) and for making Article 34 amendments that will be ensured consideration by the examiner (see MPEP § 1871).
I. ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE
The address for correspondence is taken from the request (Form PCT/RO/101). When an agent represents the applicant, the address for correspondence is listed in Box No. IV of the PCT Request form. For applicants processing their own applications, the address for correspondence may be listed in Box No. II of the Request form. However, where a Notification of the Recording of a Change (Form PCT/IB/306) shows any changes in the applicant or address for correspondence effected under PCT Rule 92bis, the later address is used.
When there is more than one applicant in respect of the international application, only the first mentioned of these on the Request form is indicated in the international search report. Other applicants, if any, are indicated by the words “et al” following the first applicant’s name. The first mentioned applicant is indicated in Box No. II of the Request form, a second applicant is listed in Box No. III; further applicants are listed on the continuation sheet if there are more than two applicants. Company names are preferably written in capital letters; for personal names the family name is preferably given first in capital letters and the given names are in mixed case. This helps to identify the family name.