Where the Search Division finds that the claimed invention does not meet the requirement of unity of invention (Art. 82 and Rule 44(1) and Rule 44(2)), the Search Division sends the applicant an invitation to pay additional search fees and the partial search report relating to the invention or unitary group of inventions first mentioned in the claims (see B‑VII, 1.1, B-VII, 1.2 and B-VII, 1.3, and Rule 64(1)). At the same time as preparing the invitation, the Search Division must complete the search opinion for the searched first invention. However, at this stage only the invitation to pay additional fees and the partial search report are actually sent to the applicant.The invitation and partial search report are not accompanied by a search opinion.
After the time limit for payment of the additional search fees has expired, (Rule 64(1)) the applicant is sent a search report relating to the invention or unitary group of inventions first mentioned in the claims and all other claimed inventions or unitary groups of inventions in respect of which additional search fees have been paid. This is accompanied by a search opinion containing:
Date retrieved: 02 November 2015
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EPC Implementing Rules
EPO Guidelines - B Search
Offical Journal of the EPO
XOJ EPO 2014, A70 - Notice from the European Patent Office dated 10 June 2014 concerning amended Rules 164 and 135 EPC