C

This alphabetical keyword index is not exhaustive.

Carrying out the search   B-IV, 2.3

Cascading non-unity   B-VII, 4

Cases of partially insufficient disclosure   F-III, 5

Absence of well-known details   F‑III, 5.2

Difficulties in performing the invention   F‑III, 5.3

Only variants of the invention are incapable of being performed   F‑III, 5.1

Cases where all method steps can be fully implemented by generic data processing means   F-IV, 3.8.1

Cases where method steps require specific data processing means and/or require additional technical devices as essential features   F-IV, 3.8.2

Cases where the invention is realised in a distributed computing environment   F-IV, 3.8.3

Categories of documents (X, Y, P, A, D, etc.)   B-X, 9.2

Documents cited for other reasons   B‑X, 9.2.8

Documents cited in the application   B‑X, 9.2.7

Documents defining the state of the art and not prejudicing novelty or inventive step   B‑X, 9.2.2

Documents relating to the theory or principle underlying the invention   B‑X, 9.2.5

Documents which refer to a non-written disclosure   B‑X, 9.2.3

Particularly relevant documents   B‑X, 9.2.1

Potentially conflicting patent documents   B‑X, 9.2.6

Use of "P" documents in the search report   B‑X, 9.2.4

Certified copy of the previous application (priority document)   F-VI, 3.3

Characteristics of the search   B-III

Scope of the search   B‑III, 1

Subject of the search   B‑III, 2

Checklist   F-II, 2.5

Annex 1 Checklist for considering the abstract   F‑II, An. 1

Chemical and mathematical formulae   A-V, 11.1

Citation   

Citation of documents corresponding to documents not available or not published in one of the official EPO languages   B‑VI, 6.2

Citation of prior art in the description after the filing date   H‑II, 2.2.5

Citation of video and/or audio media fragments available on the internet   B‑X, 11.6

Claims   

Claim to priority   A‑VI, 1, F‑VI, 3

Applicant's entitlement to claim priority   A‑VI, 1.6

Certified copy of the previous application (priority document)   F‑VI, 3.3

Correction or addition of priority claim   F‑VI, 3.6

Declaration of priority   F‑VI, 3.2

Defects in the priority claim   A‑VI, 1.4

Examination of formal requirements   A‑VI, 1

Formal requirements under Rule 4.10   A‑VI, 1.1

Inconsistency in the priority claim   A‑VI, 1.3

Priority   F‑VI, 3

Priority period   A‑VI, 1.2

Re-establishment of rights in respect of the priority period   F‑VI, 3.7

Restoration of the right of priority   A‑VI, 1.5

Translation of the previous application   F‑VI, 3.4

Withdrawal of priority claims   F‑VI, 3.5

Claims (Art. 6 and formal requirements)   F‑IV

Annex Examples concerning essential features   F‑IV, An.

Clarity and interpretation of claims   F‑IV, 4

Conciseness, number of claims   F‑IV, 5

Form and content of claims   F‑IV, 2

Kinds of claim   F‑IV, 3

Support in description   F‑IV, 6

Claims comprising technical and non-technical features   G‑VII, 5.4

Examples of applying the steps listed in GL/EPO G-VII, 5.4   G‑VII, 5.4.2

Formulation of the objective technical problem for claims comprising technical and non-technical features   G‑VII, 5.4.1

Claims directed to computer-implemented inventions   F‑IV, 3.8

Cases where all method steps can be fully implemented by generic data processing means   F‑IV, 3.8.1

Cases where method steps require specific data processing means and/or require additional technical devices as essential features   F‑IV, 3.8.2

Cases where the invention is realised in a distributed computing environment   F‑IV, 3.8.3

Claims in different categories   G‑VII, 13

Claims with explicit references to the description or drawings   B‑III, 2.2.1

Clarification of a technical effect   H-III, 2.1

Clarification of inconsistencies   H-II, 2.2.6

Clarity   F-IV, 4.1

Clarity and interpretation of claims   F‑IV, 4

Broad claims   F‑IV, 4.22

Clarity   F‑IV, 4.1

"Comprising" vs. "consisting"   F‑IV, 4.20

Definition by reference to use or another entity   F‑IV, 4.14

Essential features   F‑IV, 4.5

Expression "in"   F‑IV, 4.15

Functional definition of a pathological condition   F‑IV, 4.21

General statements, "spirit" of invention   F‑IV, 4.4

Inconsistencies   F‑IV, 4.3

Interpretation   F‑IV, 4.2

Interpretation of expressions stating a purpose   F‑IV, 4.13

Negative limitations (e.g. disclaimers)   F‑IV, 4.19

Optional features   F‑IV, 4.9

Order of claims   F‑IV, 4.23

Parameters   F‑IV, 4.11

Product-by-process claim   F‑IV, 4.12

Reference signs   F‑IV, 4.18

References to the description or drawings   F‑IV, 4.17

Relative terms   F‑IV, 4.6

Result to be achieved   F‑IV, 4.10

Terms like "about", "approximately" and "substantially"   F‑IV, 4.7

Trademarks   F‑IV, 4.8

Use claims   F‑IV, 4.16

Clarity, conciseness, support and formal defects   B‑XI, 3.2.4

Sufficiency of disclosure and clarity   F‑III, 11

Classification of the patent application   B-X, 5

Closest prior art and its effects on the search   B-IV, 2.5

Combination   

Combination of an incomplete search and lack of unity   B‑VIII, 3.6

Combination of elements in a claim   B‑III, 2.8

Combination of SIS and Chapter II   B‑XII, 11

Combination vs. juxtaposition or aggregation   G‑VII, 7

Combining pieces of prior art   G-VII, 6

Comments on the abstract by the applicant   F-II, 2.7

Commercial success   G-VII, 10.3

Common general knowledge of the skilled person   G-VII, 3.1

Competence of the EPO to act as receiving Office   A-II, 2

Complaint against the findings at the search stage   C-IX, 4

Completeness of the search   B-III, 1.1

Completing the IPER   C-VIII, 2

Sequence listings   C‑VIII, 2.1

Compliance of amendments with other PCT requirements   H-II, 3

"Comprising" vs. "consisting"   F-IV, 4.20

Computer programs   F-II, 4.11

Computer-implemented business methods   B-VIII, 2.2.1

Conciseness, number of claims   F-IV, 5

Conditional withdrawal   A-IV, 2.2.1

Confidentiality   C-VII, 2

Conflict   

Conflict between abstract and source document   B‑VI, 6.3

Conflict with other applications   G‑IV, 5

Co-pending applications   G‑IV, 5.2

Prior art pursuant to Rules 33.1(c) and 64.3   G‑IV, 5.1

Conflicting applications   B‑VI, 4

National earlier rights   B‑VI, 4.2

Potentially conflicting European and international applications   B‑VI, 4.1

Consequences of a declaration of no search or an incomplete search in subsequent European procedure   C-IV, 4.2

Consequences of a restriction of the search   C-IV, 4

Consequences of a declaration of no search or an incomplete search in subsequent European procedure   C‑IV, 4.2

Submissions prompted by a restriction of the search or a declaration that no search is possible   C‑IV, 4.1

Consistent use of reference signs in the description, claims and drawings   A-V, 7.5.4

Consistent use of reference signs in the drawings   A-V, 7.5.5

Consultation with other examiners   B-I, 2.1

Content of an international application (other than claims)   F-II

Abstract   F‑II, 2

Annex 1 Checklist for considering the abstract   F‑II, An. 1

Annex 2 Units recognised in international practice   F‑II, An. 2

Description (formal requirements)   F‑II, 4

Drawings   F‑II, 5

Expressions, etc., not to be used   F‑II, 7

Nucleotide and amino acid sequence listings   F‑II, 6

Title   F‑II, 3

Content of the abstract   F-II, 2.3

Content of the application as "originally" filed   H-II, 2.2

Citation of prior art in the description after the filing date   H‑II, 2.2.5

Clarification of inconsistencies   H‑II, 2.2.6

Features described in a document cross-referenced in the description   H‑II, 2.2.1

Incorporating missing or correct parts or elements completely contained in the priority document   H‑II, 2.2.2

Priority documents   H‑II, 2.2.4

Sequence listings filed after the date of filing   H‑II, 2.2.3

Trademarks   H‑II, 2.2.7

Content of the WO‑ISA after an invitation for informal clarification and/or in case of a restriction of the search   B-VIII, 3.5

Contents of prior-art disclosures   B-VI, 6

Citation of documents corresponding to documents not available or not published in one of the official EPO languages   B‑VI, 6.2

Conflict between abstract and source document   B‑VI, 6.3

Incorrect compound records in online databases   B‑VI, 6.5

Insufficient prior-art disclosures   B‑VI, 6.4

Conventional symbols   A-V, 9

Co-pending applications   G-IV, 5.2

Copies of documents cited in the SISR   B-XII, 9

Copies to be attached to the search report   B-X, 11

"&" sign   B‑X, 11.3

Citation of video and/or audio media fragments available on the internet   B‑X, 11.6

Electronic version of document cited   B‑X, 11.2

Patent family members   B‑X, 11.3

Reviews or books   B‑X, 11.4

Summaries, extracts or abstracts   B‑X, 11.5

Correct   

Correct element or part furnished for the purpose of incorporation by reference   A‑II, 6.2

Correct element or part not furnished for the purpose of incorporation by reference   A‑II, 6.1

International filing date has already been accorded   A‑II, 6.1.2

International filing date has not yet been accorded   A‑II, 6.1.1

Correct elements or parts notified after the start of the search and additional fee   B‑III, 2.3.4

Correction   

Correction of defects and errors   H‑IV

Request for rectification of obvious mistakes in the application documents (Rule 91)   H‑IV, 2

Substitute sheets (Rule 26)   H‑IV, 1

Correction of deficiencies   C‑II, 10

Correction of erroneously filed elements or parts   A‑II, 6

Correct element or part furnished for the purpose of incorporation by reference   A‑II, 6.2

Correct element or part not furnished for the purpose of incorporation by reference   A‑II, 6.1

Correction of the priority claim upon invitation   A‑VI, 1.4.1

Correction of the translation   A‑VII, 4

Correction or addition of priority claim   F‑VI, 3.6

"Corresponding documents"   B-X, 9.1.2

Could-would approach   G-VII, 5.3

Cross-references between prior-art documents   G-IV, 7

Cross-sections   A-V, 7.3

Hatching   A‑V, 7.3.2

Sectional figures   A‑V, 7.3.1

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