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Guidelines for Examination


2. Search Division

The unit within the EPO responsible for carrying out the search and drawing up the search report for an application is a Search Division, which consists normally of one examiner. The examiner responsible for the search on a European application is also normally the first member of the Examining Division for that application.

In this Part B, the term "examiner" is used to mean the examiner entrusted with the search within the Search Division which is responsible for drawing up the search report and the search opinion (see B‑XI).


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