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.

2. Preclassification (routing and distribution)

In order for an application to be allocated correctly, a preclassification must be made. The level of classification at this stage should be as general as practicable on the basis of a quick and cursory scrutiny of the document (e.g. the title and independent claim or claims). On the other hand, the level should be specific enough to avoid the need for any intermediate stage of preclassification before allocation. This classification should be indicated by the use of the appropriate symbols in a space to be provided on the dossier and on the electronic interface.

In most cases no further classification is required to enable applications to be distributed to the relevant Search Divisions. However, where necessary, it falls within the authority of the examiner in charge of the field to arrange for such redistribution in an expedient manner.

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