Identification of documents in the search report   B‑X, 9.1

Bibliographic elements   B‑X, 9.1.1

"Corresponding documents"   B‑X, 9.1.2

Languages of the documents cited   B‑X, 9.1.3

Identification of relevant passages in prior-art documents   B‑X, 9.4

Identification of the international application in the demand   C‑II, 3

Identification of the patent application and type of search report   B‑X, 4

Implicit disclosure and parameters   G‑VI, 6

Implicit features   F‑IV, 4.5.4

Implicit features or well-known equivalents   G‑VI, 2

Inclusion of additional features   H‑III, 3.2

Intermediate generalisations   H‑III, 3.2.1

Inconsistencies   F‑IV, 4.3

Clarification of inconsistencies   H‑II, 2.2.6

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

Review by the examiner   H‑II,

Test for "completely contained"   H‑II,

Incorporating missing parts or elements, or correct parts or elements, completely contained in the priority document   B‑III, 2.3.3

Incorporation by reference of missing elements or parts   A‑II, 5

Incorrect compound records in online databases   B‑VI, 6.5

Incorrect preclassification   B‑V, 2.1

Independent and dependent claims   B‑III, 2.6, F‑IV, 3.3

Kinds of claim   F‑IV, 3.3

Subject of the search   B‑III, 2.6

Independent claims containing a reference to another claim or to features from a claim of another category   F‑IV, 3.7

Indication of amendments and their basis   H‑I, 6

Industrial applicability   F‑II, 4.8, G‑III, 3

Description (formal requirements)   F‑II, 4.8

Industrial application   G‑III, 3

Opinion on novelty, inventive step and industrial applicability   B‑XI, 3.2.1

Industrial application   G‑III

Industrial applicability   G‑III, 3

Methodology   G‑III, 2

Informal clarification   B‑VIII, 3.3

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

Reply to the invitation for informal clarification   B‑VIII, 3.4

Insufficient disclosure   F‑III, 3

Cases of partially insufficient disclosure   F‑III, 5

Lack of support vs. insufficient disclosure   F‑IV, 6.4

Insufficient prior-art disclosures   B‑VI, 6.4

Intended positive IPER and top-up search   C‑IV, 5.4

Intermediate documents   B‑VI, 5.2

Intermediate generalisations   H‑III, 3.2.1


International Application   

Authentic text of the international application   A‑VII, 5

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

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

Filing of international applications and examination on filing   A‑II

Identification of the international application in the demand   C‑II, 3

International applications filed in Dutch   A‑VII, 3.2

Potentially conflicting European and international applications   B‑VI, 4.1

Priority   F‑VI

Sufficiency of disclosure   F‑III

Unity of invention   F‑V

Where and how international applications may be filed   A‑II, 1

Withdrawal of the international application   A‑IV, 2.2

International application filed in multiple languages   A‑VII, 1.2

Abstract and text matter of the drawings   A‑VII, 1.2.1

Description and claims   A‑VII, 1.2.3

Request   A‑VII, 1.2.2

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

International filing fee   A‑III, 4.2

Reduction of the international filing fee   A‑III, 8.1

Refund of the international filing fee   A‑III, 9.1

International search and written opinion under Chapter I   B‑II, 1

International search fee   A‑III, 4.3

Reduction of the international search fee   A‑III, 8.2

Refund of the (additional) international search fee   A‑III, 9.2

Internet disclosures   B‑VI, 7, G‑IV, 6.4

Interpretation   F‑IV, 4.2

Interpretation of claims   B‑III, 2.2

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

Clarity and interpretation of claims   F‑IV, 4

Interpretation of expressions stating a purpose   F‑IV, 4.13

Introduction of further examples and new effects   H‑III, 2.2

Inventions   G‑II

Biotechnological inventions   G‑II, 5.2

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

Documents relevant only to other inventions   B‑VII, 5

Examination practice   G‑II, 2

Exceptions to patentability   G‑II, 4

Exclusions and exceptions for biotechnological inventions   G‑II, 5

Inventions relating to biological material   F‑III, 6

Biological material   F‑III, 6.1

Deposit of biological material   F‑III, 6.3

Priority claim   F‑III, 6.4

Public availability of biological material   F‑III, 6.2

List of exclusions   G‑II, 3

Selection inventions   G‑VI, 8, G‑VII, 12

Inventive step   G‑VII

Arguments and evidence submitted by the applicant   G‑VII, 11

Claims in different categories   G‑VII, 13

Combination vs. juxtaposition or aggregation   G‑VII, 7

Combining pieces of prior art   G‑VII, 6

Date of filing, date of priority   G‑VII, 2

Dependent claims   G‑VII, 13

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

Ex post facto analysis   G‑VII, 8

Obviousness   G‑VII, 4

Opinion on novelty, inventive step and industrial applicability   B‑XI, 3.2.1

Origin of an invention   G‑VII, 9

Person skilled in the art   G‑VII, 3

Prior art   G‑VII, 2

Problem-solution approach   G‑VII, 5

Secondary indicators   G‑VII, 10

Selection inventions   G‑VII, 12

IPC classification   

IPC classification of the application   B‑V, 3

Amended classification of late-published search reports   B‑V, 3.1

IPC classification in cases of a lack of unity of invention   B‑V, 3.3

IPC classification when the scope of the invention is not clear   B‑V, 3.2

Verification of the IPC classification   B‑V, 3.4

IPEA file   C‑II, 9


Completing the IPER   C‑VIII, 2

Intended positive IPER and top-up search   C‑IV, 5.4

Opinion given in the IPER (Form 409)   C‑VIII, 1

Positive or negative IPER   C‑VIII, 3

PPH based on an IPER established by the EPO as IPEA   E‑III, 3

Rectification of the IPER   C‑VIII, 4

Irrelevant matter   F‑II, 4.4, F‑II, 7.4

Description (formal requirements)   F‑II, 4.4

Expressions, etc., not to be used   F‑II, 7.4

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