Saudi Arabia deposited its instrument of accession to the PCT on 3 May 2013, so becoming the 147th Contracting State of the PCT. It will become bound by the PCT on 3 August 2013, such that any international application filed on or after that date will automatically include the designation of Saudi Arabia. In addition, nationals and residents of Saudi Arabia will be entitled, as from 3 August 2013, to file international applications under the PCT.