1.2.1 Procedural Outline - International Type Search

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Refer to 5.12 for PAMS processing of International Type Searches

  1. Initial processing by COG
  2. Completion of examiner details in PAMS by the Examiner
  3. Check person requesting search is applicant

  4. Determine classification

  5. Consider unity of invention

  6. Consider excluded subject matter

  7. Request written search statement (if applicable)

  8. Form 3 person team

  9. Search patent literature

  10. Search non-patent literature

  11. Order relevant non-patent literature from library

  12. Download full copy patent documents (or order from Exam Support & Sales)

  13. Assess which documents (incl. AU) to be cited

  14. Receive and assess non-patent literature full copies

  15. Ensure the citations are on the relevant application folder in COMPASS

  16. Check for the prefix “NO ANALYTICS REPORT REQUIRED -” in the document name for the Acknowledgement of International-Type Search Request correspondence in PAMS. If this prefix is in the document name, skip step 17 and go to step 18. Otherwise, go to step 17.

  17. While drafting the Art 15(5) Search Report, send the following information for the generation of the Patent Analytics Report to the Patent Analytics Hub (MDB-Article 15(5) Analytics) via email. For larger files, upload onto COMPASS and send a notification email to the Patent Analytics Hub:

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​When the Patent Analytics Report is generated, a copy will be placed on the V:\ drive by Patent Analytics Hub staff and the Examiner will be notified by email.

Examiners should contact the Patent Analytics Hub (MDB-Article 15(5) Analytics) to discuss cases requiring urgent dispatch for the Art 15(5) Search Report.

18. Prepare the Art 15(5) Search Report as per the instructions provided in 5.12.5 Preparing the Art 15(5) Search Report.