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Topics covered include novelty, inventive step, clarity, unity of invention, sufficiency of disclosure, amendments and search. Also addressed are patenting issues specific to certain technical fields:
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|Unity of invention||Entry||-||-|
|Sufficiency of disclosure||Entry||Intermediate||Advanced|
| Patentability: exceptions
|Assessment of novelty||Entry||Intermediate||Advanced|
|Assessment of inventive step||
|Assessment of clarity||
|Sufficiency of disclosure||
|Unity of invention||Entry|| -
|Computer implemented inventions||Entry||-
|Mathematics and its applications||-
|Presentations of information (POI) and graphical user interfaces (GUI)||-
|Programs for computers||-
|Claim formulation for computer-implemented inventions||-||-||Advanced|
|Defining the scope of the search||-||Intermediate
|Designing search strategies||-||Intermediate||-|
|Performing the search||-||Intermediate||-|
|Selecting the best documents||-||Intermediate||-|
|Drafting the search report
|Drafting the written opinion
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