Content of the abstract 

The definitive content of the abstract is the responsibility of the EPO. Since the definitive content of the abstract must be determined and transmitted to the applicant along with the search report, in practice this means in particular the Search Division. However, where it is obvious that the abstract filed does not belong to the application, and this should normally be confirmed by the Search Division, the applicant is informed that the document filed does not constitute an abstract and that unless he corrects the deficiency the sanction referred to in A‑III, 16 will apply.

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