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6.4 Insufficient prior art disclosures

In general the examiner should assume that any technical subject-matter present in a prior art document is sufficiently disclosed and consequently is part of the state of the art. Even in cases of doubt the document should be cited in the search report in the normal way and relied upon for an appropriate objection in the search opinion. Only in clear cases of insufficient disclosure (see G‑IV, 2) should such a document be discarded.