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.

4.3.1 Dispensing with the supplementary European search report

According to decisions taken by the Administrative Council, no supplementary European search report is drawn up in respect of an international application for which:

the EPO was the International Searching Authority or the Supplementary International Searching Authority (OJ EPO 2009, 594; OJ EPO 2010, 316);
the Swedish, Austrian or Spanish Patent Office was the International Searching Authority and where the international application was filed before 1 July 2005 (OJ EPO 1979, 248; OJ EPO 1995, 511; OJ EPO 2012, 212 and , 219).

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