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Guidelines for Examination

 
 
1.2
Special circumstances 

In certain special circumstances the examiner may allow up to six months for the time limit. The six-month period may be appropriate, for instance, if the applicant resides a long way from his representative and the language of the proceedings is not one to which the applicant is accustomed; or if the subject-matter of the application or the objections raised are exceptionally complicated (for more information see E-VII, 1.2).

The search opinion is not a communication under Art. 94(3).