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.

4.4 International (PCT) searches

For the search practice as regards international (PCT) searches, reference is made to the PCT International Search and Preliminary Examination Guidelines, as well as to the latest version of the Euro-PCT Guide (“PCT procedure at the EPO, Guide for applicants”)for applicants: "How to get a European patent, Part 2: PCT procedure before the EPO - Euro-PCT Guide".

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