GL B VIII 4.1 Invitation to indicate which independent claim to search

If the European Patent Office considers that the claims as filed do not comply with Rule 43(2) (see F‑IV, 3.2), it may invite the applicant to indicate, within a period of two months, claims complying with Rule 43(2) on the basis of which the search is to be carried out. Along the lines of Rule 64, the examiner has the discretion either to send this invitation or to make a complete search for all claims, raising the objection under Rule 43(2) only in the written opinion.[Rule 62a(1); ]

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EPC Implementing Rules

EPO Guidelines - B Search

EPO Guidelines - C Procedureal Aspects of Substantive Examination

EPO Guidelines - F The European Patent Application

EPO Guidelines - H Amendments and Corrections

EPO Guide for Applicants, part II Int. - E Euro-PCT procedure before the EPO as designated or elected Office