318. Filing of international applications.

318.     Filing of international applications.

An international application for a patent1 must be filed with the prescribed receiving office2, namely the national office of or acting for the contracting state of which the applicant is a resident, the national office of or acting for the contracting state of which the applicant is a national, or, irrespective of the contracting state of which the applicant is a resident or national, with the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organisation in Geneva3. The receiving office must then transmit one copy of the application (the 'record