After expiry of the six-month time limit further possibilities for amending the application are limited. If a supplementary European search is carried out, the applicant always has one further opportunity to submit amendments upon receipt of the report (see point 493494
). Amendments made thereafter require the consent of the examining division. By way of exception, in cases where the supplementary European search is dispensed with (EPO was (S)ISA) and, after expiry of the period according to Rule 161(1) EPC
, a further
search is carried out in the European phase according to Rule 164(2)(a) EPC
(see points 654655
-see points 655656
), the applicant may also submit amendments in response to the communication of the results of that search in accordance with Rule 164(2)(b) EPC
and without requiring the consent of the examining division.