GA E IX 1 No supplementary European search performed

583
As a rule a supplementary European search is carried out. Dispensation applies and no search fee is to be paid under Rule 159(1)(e) EPC only if the EPO acted as ISA or SISA for the application in the international phase.
OJ 2009, 594
584
If dispensation applies, it also applies where instead of an ISR a declaration of non-establishment under Article 17(2)(a) PCT was issued.
585
If no supplementary European search report is drawn up, the Euro-PCT application will, after formalities examination, be passed on for substantive examination on condition that a request for examination has been validly filed (see points 599 ff).
586
Any third-party observations filed during the international phase and forwarded by the IB to the EPO as designated or elected Office will be considered in the first office action of the examining division, provided they are substantiated and meet all formal requirements. Provided they were not filed anonymously and the third party has explicitly so requested, the issuing of the first office action will be expedited. 

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EPC Articles

EPC Implementing Rules

EPO Guidelines - E General Procedural Matters

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. - E Euro-PCT procedure before the EPO as designated or elected Office

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Offical Journal of the EPO