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4.2.1 Failure to reply in time

If the applicant fails to provide the above indication in due time, the search will be carried out on the basis of the first claim in each category. In either case a search report will be drawn up accordingly. This limitation of the search has consequences in examination (see H‑II, 5 and 6.1). As for the invitation under Rule 63 above, a late-filed reply is included in the file for consideration at the examination stage.

Since the search report should be available on publication of the application, Rule 62a prescribes a response period of two months and rules out further processing. However, a request for re-establishment of rights may be granted, provided the relevant conditions are met.