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Guidelines for Examination

Voluntary reply to Rule 161(1) communication

In cases (i) and (ii) mentioned in E-VIII, 3.3.1, and the case mentioned in E-VIII, 3.3.2, where the applicant is not required to respond to the WO-ISA, SISR or IPER prepared by the EPO (in response to the invitation under Rule 161(1)), he may still do so by filing further amendments and/or comments if he so wishes. Once again it is advisable that the requirements of Rule 137(4) are fulfilled for any such amendments when they are filed, thus avoiding a further communication according to Rule 137(4).