All comments and amendments validly filed by the applicant on a mandatory or voluntary basis within the time limit set in the Rule 161 EPC
/Rule 162 EPC
communication will be taken into account in the examination proceedings. This means that examination will be based on the last set of claims filed up to expiry of this time limit for which any claims fee required is duly paid (see points 616
ff). If the applicant does not wish to wait for the end of the six-month time limit under Rules 161(1)
and 162 EPC
for processing to start, he may request the immediate start of examination by explicitly waiving his right to use the part of the six-month period that has not yet expired at the date the waiver is received.