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Guidelines for Examination

 
 
3.6
EPC requirements 

Although the examiner must bear in mind all the requirements of the EPC, the requirements which are most likely to require attention in the majority of cases are, in particular: sufficiency of disclosure (see F-III); clarity and support in the description, especially of the independent claims (see F-IV, 4 and 6); novelty (see G-VI); and inventive step (see G-VII).