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.

5. Further communication with the applicant

If, in the opinion of the Examining Division, the possibility exists of amending the application to bring it into a form which meets the requirements of the EPC, then the primary examiner should be entrusted with the task of informing the applicant that the Examining Division is of the opinion that the application should be refused on certain grounds unless satisfactory amendments are submitted within a stated period (see C‑VI, 1). If, within the time limit, satisfactory amendments are made, the examiner will then report back to the Examining Division recommending that the application should proceed to grant. If not, he should report back recommending refusal.

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