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3.3.4 Complete text for auxiliary request available

If a complete text of the application according to the allowable auxiliary request already exists, a communication under Rule 71(3) is issued. In an annex to this communication the Division must give its reasons for refusing the higher-ranking requests (see also C‑V, 1.1). Where appropriate, this may be done by reference to earlier communications. If the applicant approves this proposed text, then in accordance with Rule 71(3) he indicates this by filing the translations of the claims and paying the fees for grant and publishing without filing any request for amendment or correction of the proposed text (if such a request is filed, the procedure is as indicated in C‑V, 4). If he does so, the application proceeds to grant on the basis of the text of the auxiliary request as proposed in the communication under Rule 71(3) (see C‑V, 2).