9.007. What is a statement accompanying an amendment? Any amendment may be accompanied by a brief statement by the applicant explaining the amendment and indicating any impact it might have on the description and the drawings. Such a statement is published together with the international application itself (see paragraphs 9.012 to 9.024). Statements not referring to a specific amendment are not permitted. The statement must not exceed 500 words if in English or when translated into English. It may not contain disparaging comments on the international search report or on the relevance of any of the citations contained in that report. References to certain citations in the report may be made only in connection with an amendment made to a specific claim. The statement must be in the language in which the international application is published (see paragraphs 9.017 and 9.018).
9.008. A statement explaining the amendment is not to be confused with and must be clearly distinguished from the letter indicating the differences between the claims as filed and those as amended and the basis for the amendment (see paragraph 9.006). It is also distinct from the statement concerning amendments which must be included in a demand for international preliminary examination (see paragraphs 10.024 to 10.027). It must therefore be identified as such by a heading Statement under Article 19(1). Where the statement does not comply with the requirements, it is neither published by the International Bureau nor communicated to the designated Offices.
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