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Start of the international preliminary examination 

The EPO as IPEA will not start the international preliminary examination before expiry of the time limit laid down in Rule 54bis, unless the applicant expressly requests an earlier start under Rule 69.1(a). It is recommended that applicants request an earlier start in the demand.

Amendments and/or arguments under Article 34 filed after filing of the demand, but before the expiry of this time limit, will always be taken into account for international preliminary examination.

The EPO as IPEA does not apply Rules 69.1(b) and 69.1(b-bis), i.e. it will not start the international preliminary examination at the same time as the international search.

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