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4.6 Treatment of dependent claims under Rule 62a

Claims depending either directly or indirectly via other dependent claims on an independent claim excluded from the search in accordance with Rule 62a(1) (see B‑VIII, 4.2) are likewise excluded from the search. Conversely, if a dependent claim depends on more than one previous claim, not all of which were searched, that dependent claim will be searched only in as far as it depends on a claim or claims which were searched in accordance with Rule 62a(1).