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Guidelines for Examination

Opinions on matters relating to the limitation of the search 

Occasionally matters of substantive examination other than novelty or inventive step have a direct bearing on the execution of the search and may result in a limitation thereof; here again these opinions are subject to review by the Examining Division (see T 178/84 and T 631/97, and B-II, 4.2(iii) and B-XI, 1.2), in particular in the light of the applicant's reply to the search opinion (see B-XI, 8).

Examples are to be found in B-VII (Unity of invention) and B-VIII (Subject-matter to be excluded from the search).