8.039. When will the Authority start work on the supplementary international search? On receipt of the relevant documents from the International Bureau, the Authority specified for supplementary search should promptly begin its work (see paragraph 8.037). However, if on receipt of the relevant documents, the international search report and written opinion are not yet available, the Authority may postpone the start of the search until it receives these documents. Work on the supplementary international search must, however, commence promptly after the expiration of 22 months from the priority date, regardless of the lateness of the international search report and written opinion. The absence of those documents will be noted on the international search report.
Date retrieved: 24 November 2017