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Guidelines for Examination

 
 
4.1
Potentially conflicting European and international applications 

Generally, where the search is concluded less than eighteen months after the European or international filing date of the application (the filing date according to Art. 80 and not its claimed priority date(s)), it will not be possible at the time of the search to make a complete search for potentially conflicting European and international applications. This search therefore has to be completed at the examination stage by the Examining Division (see C-IV, 7.1).

References

Art. 54(3)