GA C III 1 When may the EPO refuse to conduct a (full) search?

There are several reasons why the EPO as ISA may refuse or will not be able to perform a (full) international search. Such refusal may relate to the subject-matter of the application (see point 257), non-compliance with requirements regarding the description, claims or drawings of the application (see point 260), missing sequence listings (see point 264) or lack of unity of invention (see points 265 ff).
If a claim relates to an invention in respect of which no international search was carried out, the EPO as IPEA will not carry out international preliminary examination in respect of that claim (see point 386). This also applies if amendments and/or arguments under Article 34 PCT have been filed.

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EPO Guide for Applicants, part II Int.

EPO Guide for Applicants, part II Int. - C The EPO as ISA and SISA

EPO Guide for Applicants, part II Int. - D The EPO as an IPEA

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