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.

4.1 European searches

The task of the Search Division is primarily to carry out searches and draw up search reports in relation to European patent applications. In addition to these usual searches, the Search Divisions of the EPO may be called upon to perform various other types of searches, which are listed in the following paragraphs.

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