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.

1.3 Documents relevant only to other inventions

Whilst documents relevant only to other inventions may be retrieved during the search on the invention first mentioned in the claims, these are not necessarily included in the partial European search report. Such documents must, however, be cited in the partial search report if they form the basis for a lack of unity a posteriori (see F‑V, 7 and 9).

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