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.

4.6 Searches on national applications

The Search Divisions of the EPO also carry out searches on national applications of certain of its Contracting States. These guidelines are not necessarily fully applicable to these national searches, nor are the ways in which these searches differ from European searches specifically pointed out. However, these national searches are to a large extent identical to, or compatible with, European searches.

Prot. Centr. I(1)(b)


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