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1.3.11 Document cited containing information already known

In T 643/96 the examining division relied in its decision on a document for which it gave only incomplete bibliographic data. The board held that the examining division's failure to provide the applicant with a copy of the said document did not amount to a substantial procedural violation, having regard to the right to be heard, because the document added nothing to the case, since it listed something already listed in another document and thus contained only information already known to the appellant/applicant.