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

Procedure under Rule 164 EPC as from 1 November 2014
Under amended Rule 164 EPC it will be possible for the applicant to pay, within a period of two months, one or more further search fees in respect of any unsearched inventions claimed upon entry into the European phase in order for these to be covered by a further search. Thereafter, the applicant may select any invention searched by the EPO for further prosecution of the application. This option is available both if a supplementary European search must be carried out (the EPO was not the (S)ISA) and if the supplementary European search is dispensed with because the EPO acted as (S)ISA for the application concerned.