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.

1.1 Partial European search report

If the Search Division considers that the European application does not comply with the requirement of unity of invention (see F‑V, 1), it must search it, and draw up the partial European search report under Rule 64(1), for those parts of the application which relate to the invention (or group of inventions forming unity) first mentioned in the claims (see F‑V, 8.2). The partial European search report is supplemented with a specification of the separate inventions.

With regard to the search opinion in cases of a lack of unity of invention, see B‑XI, 5.

When determining which invention is the invention or unitary group of inventions first mentioned in the claims, the examiner takes account of the content of the dependent claims, disregarding trivial claims relating exclusively to features that seem unimportant in the light of the invention or that are generally known in the technical field of the invention (see B‑III, 3.8).

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