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3.3.2 Positive WO-ISA, SISR or IPER

Where the WO-ISA, any supplementary international search report (SISR) or, where applicable, the IPER prepared by the EPO was positive (according to the same principles explained for European search opinions in B‑XI, 3.9), the applicant is still sent a communication according to Rule 161(1), but is not required to respond to it. No communication under Rule 161(1) or 162 is issued if the applicant has explicitly waived his right to these and has already paid any claims fees due (see the Notice from the EPO dated 4 May 2010, OJ EPO 2010, 352).