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Guidelines for Examination

 
 
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The decision should normally deal with all independent claims of the valid request(s) that were discussed during the proceedings. A single ground is enough to refuse an application, so it is not always necessary to deal with all the dependent claims. If however a particular dependent claim has been discussed, the decision should include the relevant arguments.

Any additional requests still outstanding must be dealt with in the refusal decision. If, for example, new oral proceedings were requested in circumstances where Art. 116(1), second sentence, applies, the decision should give the reasons for rejecting that request.

Formulations implying doubt or uncertainty, such as "seems" or "apparently", should be avoided in decisions.