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

 
 
Procedure under Rule 164 EPC until 1 November 2014
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In respect of a further invention contained in the Euro-PCT application which was not searched by the EPO in the international phase, a search will be performed only if a divisional application is filed. This means that the opportunity to have multiple inventions searched within the framework of a single Euro-PCT application is limited to the international phase of the application.
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The EPO will not examine a Euro-PCT application if it has not itself performed a search in respect of the invention for which protection is sought. It follows that the examination of a Euro-PCT application in the European phase is conditional on the availability of the results of: 
either an international search carried out by the EPO as ISA/SISA in respect of the invention for which examination is requested;  
or a supplementary European search carried out by the EPO as designated/elected Office in respect of the invention for which examination is requested.