8.024. When and how may the applicant select certain inventions to be searched? Where the International Searching Authority has found that the international application does not comply with the requirement of unity of invention, the applicant may choose, among the several inventions, which invention he wishes to be searched by the Authority specified for supplementary search. If he wishes to limit the supplementary international search to an invention, other than the main invention referred to in Article 17(3)(a), he may indicate this wish by marking the last check-box in Box No. IV of the supplementary search request form, and state the corresponding numbers of the claims relating to this invention in the space provided. Where the international search report is available to the Authority specified for supplementary search before it starts the supplementary international search, it may, however, exclude from the search any claims which were not the subject of the main international search.
Date retrieved: 24 November 2017