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.

8. Verification of official classification

As a general rule, applications will not be systematically scrutinised after leaving the Search Division in order to verify the correctness of the official classification assigned by the examiner. The EPOOffice may, however, institute such sampling check procedures as are deemed necessary to ensure correctness and uniformity in the application of the IPC. It is, of course, for the director to arrange for such checks as he considers necessary, having regard to the experience of his examiners, before the applications leave his directorate.


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