Examination Section Procedures

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Upon receipt in the section a supervising examiner (or a nominated section officer) will allocate the case to a suitable search examiner

Allocation to a search examiner must be in accordance with:

  • the examiner's technical expertise, examination experience, foreign language capability and overall competence.
  • previous section or other section experience.  Records of previous searches, whether records kept within a section or INTESS  may show: an appropriate examiner; reveal an earlier search omitted from the request form; locate previous relevant searches in the same or a similar IPC mark; or locate applications for the same applicant in the same field.