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1.2 Formal deficiencies

The search is carried out in parallel with the formalities examination. If the examiner notices any formal shortcomings which have been overlooked by the Receiving Section, he calls these, by means of an internal communication, to the attention of the Receiving Section (or of the Examining Division in the case of an additional search requested by that Division) which takes appropriate action. However, the examiner should not repeat the tasks of the Receiving Section and should not undertake any time-consuming enquiries into these matters. Such deficiencies which the examiner might notice include:

(i)
physical deficiencies of the application (see A‑III, 3.2), including:
(a)
no electronic sequence listing (Rule 30(1), OJ EPO 2011, 372);
(b)
incorrect sequence and/or positioning of page numbering and/or failure to use Arabic numerals in page numbering (Rule 49(6));
(c)
presence of drawings in the description and/or claims (Rule 49(9));
(d)
presence of erasures and/or alterations in the application documents, such that the authenticity of the content and/or the requirements for good reproduction are jeopardised (Rule 49(12));
(ii)
presence of prohibited matter in the application: 
(a)
which is contrary to "ordre public" (see A‑III, 8.1, F‑II, 7.2 and G‑II, 4.14.1.1 and 4.1.2); or
(b)
constituting disparaging statements (see A‑III, 8.2). Note, however, that fair comment as referred to in F‑II, 7.3 is permitted;
(iii)
failure to comply with the provisions relating to the deposition of biological material (see A‑IV, 4), in particular with regard to the correct identification in the application of the depositary institution and accession number of the biological material assigned to the deposited material by the depositary institution (Rule 31(1)(c), see G 2/93 and A‑IV, 4.2).
(iv)
failure to correctly identify the application as a divisional application within the meaning of Art. 76(1) (see A‑IV, 1.3.2, Rule 41(2)(e)).
(v)
presence of text in two different EPO official languages (Art. 14).