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Guide for applicants, Part 2: PCT procedure before the EPO (Euro-PCT Guide)

 
 
Annex IV
Criteria chosen by the EPO as ISA/IPEA on specific points in the ISPE Guidelines 
In a number of cases the ISPE Guidelines leave ISAs/IPEAs the choice between alternative guidelines upon which each ISA/IPEA may rely as appropriate. 
The options are set out in the appendices to the chapters of the ISPE Guidelines mentioned below. The paragraph number (e.g. Point A5.16) refers to the relevant paragraph in the chapter concerned (in this case Chapter 5, point 16). 
The EPO as ISA/IPEA has chosen the options listed below. 
Appendix to Chapter 4 
Point A4.05 
References to prior art 
Option [1] applies 
Appendix to Chapter 5  
Point A5.16 
Multiple dependent claims 
Option [2] applies 
Point A5.20 
Interpretation of claims 
Option [2] applies 
Point A5.21 
The EPO applies the first sentence concerning "use" claims 
Point A5.26 
Product-by-process claims 
Option [1] applies 
Point A5.42 
Conciseness 
Option [2] applies 
Appendix to Chapter 9 
Point A9.07 
Excluded subject matter 
Option [2] applies 
Point A9.15 
Programs for computers 
Option [2] applies 
Appendix to Chapter 12 
Point A12.02 
Novelty: effective date 
Option [1] applies 
Appendix to Chapter 13 
Point A13.08 
The EPO applies the problem-solution approach 
Appendix to Chapter 14 
Point 14.01[02] 
The EPO applies the criterion of industrial applicability 
Appendix to Chapter 20 
Point A20.21 
Disclaimer 
Option [2] applies