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.

12. Transmittal of the search report and search opinion

The EPO forwards the search report, the search opinion (if applicable, see B‑XI, 7) and copies of all cited documents to the applicant, see B‑X, 11.1), including automated translations annexed to the ESOP (when appropriate, see B‑X, 9.1.3) and those documents appearing after the "&" sign and designated to be copied and sent to the applicant (see B‑X, 11.3).


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