In the following cases, the international search report, the declaration issued instead of the search report under Art. 17(2)(a), or the incomplete or partial search report will indicate whether the subject of the search was restricted and which claims have or have not been searched:
In case (a), the reasons for not carrying out the search should be indicated in the declaration.
In case (b), a limitation of the search will not always be indicated in the ISR. Rather, the extent of the search as well as the reasons for the restriction will in many cases only be indicated in the WO‑ISA. See GL/PCT‑EPO B‑VIII, 3.5, for details of whether an indication under Art. 17 should be made in the ISR or only in the WO‑ISA.