GL B I 2.1 Consultation with other members of the search division

The member of the search division entrusted with the search may consult other examiners for advice on any number of issues, for example:
(i)online searches in databases with which the member is not familiar;
(ii)understanding aspects of the claimed invention which may lie outside the area of technical expertise of the member concerned;
(iii)constructing a search strategy; 
(iv)interpreting the relevance of a prior-art document for determining the patentability of claimed subject-matter (see B‑X, 9.2).

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EPO Guidelines - B Search

EPO PCT GL - B Search

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