2.3.5 Document cited containing information already known

In T 643/96 the examining division relied in its decision on a document for which it gave only incomplete bibliographic data. The board held that the examining division's failure to provide the applicant with a copy of the document did not amount to a substantial procedural violation (regarding the right to be heard) because the document added nothing to the case, and contained only information already known to the applicant.

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