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.

2.1 Consultation with other examiners

The examiner entrusted with the search may consult other examiners for advice on any number of issues, for example:

(i)
online searches in databases with which the examiner is not familiar; 
(ii)
understanding aspects of the claimed invention which may lie outside the area of technical expertise of the examiner concerned; 
(iii)
constructing a search strategy; 
(iv)
interpreting the relevance of a prior-art document for determining the patentability of claimed subject-matter (see B‑X, 9.2).

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