Rule 44a 71

Extended European search report


(1) The European search report shall be accompanied by an opinion on whether the application and the invention to which it relates seem to meet the requirements of this Convention, unless a communication under Rule 51, paragraph 2 or paragraph 4, can be issued.


(2) The opinion under paragraph 1 shall not be published together with the search report.



71  Inserted by decision of the Administrative Council of 09.12.2004 which entered into force on 01.07.2005 (OJ EPO 2005, 5 ff).

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R. 44a R. 62

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