This revised version of the Guidelines for Examination will apply as from 1 November 2015. Until then, the September 2014 edition of the Guidelines remains valid.

1. Purpose of Part B

Part B was drafted for, and applies to, European searches, i.e. searches performed by the EPO for European applications. In addition to these searches the Search Divisions of the EPO are called upon to carry out other types of searches (see B‑II, 4). Searches in the context of the Patent Co-operation Treaty (PCT) are dealt with in the PCT Search and Examination Guidelines and in the Guidelines for Search and Examination at the EPO as PCT Authority, Part B.

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