At the examination stage of a European patent application an additional search may be necessary. The reasons for such an additional search may be, for example:
The examining division makes use of documents found in such an additional search, where they are considered relevant to the examination of the application. Where a new document is used in the examination procedure, a copy must be communicated to the applicant (Art. 113(1)).
In a similar way, an additional search may become necessary during examination of oppositions against a European patent (see D‑VI, 5).
Date retrieved: 30 December 2018