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Guidelines for Examination


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:

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