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.

6. Classification when the scope of the invention is not clear (e.g. a partial search)

When the scope of the invention is not clear, the classification has to be based on what appears to be the invention insofar as this can be understood. It is then necessary to amend it if obscurities are removed by the search, as discussed in B‑V, 4, last paragraph.

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