1.1.4.12 Completing the Search Report

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The international search report is completed so as to clearly establish the extent of the search actually performed. Where lack of unity has been found, item 3 of the first sheet and Box III of the search report is to be completed, irrespective of whether an invitation to pay additional search fees has issued. Also, where lack of unity is found and certain claims are found unsearchable then item 2 and item 3 of the first sheet and Box II and III of the search report is to be completed, irrespective of whether an invitation to pay additional search fee has issued.  See 1.3.8.5 Box IV Unity of Invention, in regard to the completion of the ISO in respect of lack of unity. [Rule 43.7]

The search report must indicate the separate inventions present in the claims, whether additional search fees were requested and paid, and which claims were searched.  It should also indicate whether any additional search fees were accompanied by a protest.

See Annex F for examples of search reports for the situation where unity of invention is lacking.