As a rule, the WO-ISA provides an opinion on all searched claims. However, if there are multiple independent claims, only one independent claim in each category is dealt with in detail. In respect of further independent claims, short comments are made. Where appropriate, an objection as to clarity and conciseness under Article 6 PCT may be raised. Further, the ISA may exercise its discretion to ask the applicant to clarify the subject-matter to be searched (see point 262).
Date retrieved: 30 December 2018