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.

4. Amendments or corrections filed in reply to a Rule 71(3) communication

If the applicant, within the period under Rule 71(3), requests amendments or corrections to the communicated text which are reasoned (with regard to the reasoning required, see C‑V, 4.3), the Examining Division will issue a new communication under Rule 71(3) if it gives its consent (i.e. if it finds the amendments admissible and allowable, see C‑V, 4.6); otherwise it will resume the examination proceedings (see C‑V, 4.7).

In this and sections C‑V, 4.1 to 4.10, unless otherwise stated, the terms "amendment(s)" and "correction(s)" refer only to amendments or corrections of the application documents and not of other documents (e.g. bibliographic data, the designation of the inventor, etc.).

For applicants who wish to waive their right to receive a further communication under Rule 71(3), see C‑V, 4.11.

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