The examining division will send the applicant the results of any search carried out in respect of an invention for which a search fee has been paid. If it has not found any deficiencies, the results will be accompanied by a communication informing the applicant of the text in which it intends to grant the patent and of the related bibliographic data (Rule 71(3) EPC
). If it has found deficiencies, the results will be accompanied by a communication inviting the applicant to comment on those deficiencies and, where appropriate, amend the application (Article 94(3) EPC
and Rule 71(1)
and (2) EPC
). Where appropriate, the applicant must limit the application to a single searched invention to be prosecuted in the patent grant procedure. For any searched or unsearched subject-matter, divisional applications may be filed.