If the top-up search reveals pertinent prior art, according to present practice a WO-IPEA or a telephone consultation is the first action in Chapter II (see GL/PCT EPO C GL/PCT-EPO C-IV, 2.2). If a positive WO-ISA was drafted or the objections in the negative WO-ISA have been overcome by the applicant’s amendments/arguments, see GL/PCT-EPO C GL/PCT-EPO C-IV, 5.4.[GL/ISPE 3.22; ]
The documents found are indicated as follows:[GL/ISPE 19.21; ]
Documents found during the top-up search and mentioned in the WO-IPEA will also be mentioned in the IPER, unless rendered irrelevant by amendments or arguments provided by the applicant during the international preliminary examination. It will be always indicated in Box I of the IPER that additional relevant documents were found during the top-up search.
Date retrieved: 24 November 2017