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. Procedure prior to searching

Upon creation of a European search report, a European search opinion or a clarification request under Rule 62a and/or 63(1), a pre-search algorithm generating a list of documents to be inspected by the examiner is triggered. This creates a marker which serves as evidence in the file that the Search Division has started the search. The date of the start of the search is relevant for a possible refund of the search fee in case the application is withdrawn, refused or deemed to be withdrawn (see A‑X, 10.2.1).

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