If the EPO did not act as ISA or SISA
for the application it will upon entry into the European phase draw up a supplementary European search report (see point 569570
). Up to expiry of the time limit set in the Rule 161 EPC
/Rule 162 EPC
communication (EPO Form 1226CC) the applicant may file ("voluntary") amendments. All amendments filed within the time limit set in the communication will be taken into account in drawing up the supplementary European search report and the search opinion (see points 569570
, see points 571572
). This means that the supplementary European search will be based on the last set of claims filed up to expiry of this time limit for which any claims fee due has been paid (see point 603604
). If the applicant does not wish to wait for the end of the six-month time limit under Rules 161(2) and 162 EPC for processing to start, he may request the immediate start of the supplementary search by explicitly waiving his right to use the part of the six-month period that has not yet expired at the date the waiver is received.