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Guidelines for Examination

Restricted IPER 

If the EPO has established an IPER on the application and the applicant wishes to obtain protection pertaining to claims which were not the subject of this IPER because they were not searched during the international phase in consequence of an objection of lack of unity, he will have to file one or more divisional applications for the inventions not searched, provided that, when a divisional application is filed, the application being divided is still pending (see A-IV, and at least one of the periods provided for under Rule 36(1)(a) and (b) has not yet expired (see A-IV, and