If the search division notices any formal shortcomings which have been overlooked by the Receiving Section, it calls these, by means of an internal communication, to the attention of the Receiving Section (or of the examining division in the case of an additional search requested by that division) which takes appropriate action. However, the search division does not repeat the tasks of the Receiving Section and does not undertake any time-consuming enquiries into these matters. Such deficiencies which the search division might notice include:
(i)physical deficiencies of the application (see A‑III, 3.2), including:
(b)incorrect sequence and/or positioning of page numbering and/or failure to use Arabic numerals in page numbering (Rule 49(6)Art. 2(5) of the decision of the President of the EPO dated 25 November 2022, OJ EPO 2022, A113);
(c)presence of drawings in the description and/or claims (Rule 49(9)Art. 2(8) of the decision of the President of the EPO dated 25 November 2022, OJ EPO 2022, A113);
(d)presence of erasures and/or alterations in the application documents, such that the authenticity of the content and/or the requirements for good reproduction are jeopardised (Rule 49(12)Art. 2(11) of the decision of the President of the EPO dated 25 November 2022, OJ EPO 2022, A113);
(iii)failure to comply with the provisions relating to the deposition of biological material (see A‑IV, 4), in particular with regard to the correct identification in the application of the depositary institution and accession number of the biological material assigned to the deposited material by the depositary institution (Rule 31(1)(c), see G 2/93 and A‑IV, 4.2).
(v)presence of text in two different EPO official languages (Art. 14).