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.

1.2 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).

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