1.2.1 Procedural Outline - International Type Search

Date Published

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 whether the Agent on the PAMS/RIO file for the case matches an attorney firm listed in Annex ‘X’ of Volume 4. If the Agent is listed in this Annex notify the Patent Analytics Hub (MDB-Article 15(5) Analytics) via email, 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:

a) A list of publication numbers from EPOQUE Viewer, as a .csv file (see 1.2.10 Annex D – Extracting publication numbers from EPOQUE viewer)

b) A complete transcript from STNext, if used, exported in standard rtf format (see 1.2.10 Annex E – Extracting patent information from STN)

c) Any patent documents to be cited in the Search Report that have been sourced through freely available databases or other IT searching tools (i.e. not EPOQUE or STN) need to be imported to EPOQUE Viewer, so that they can be included in the .csv file of publication numbers exported from EPOQUE Viewer, outlined in step (a) above (see 1.2.10 Annex D – Extracting publication numbers from EPOQUE viewer).

​​​​​​​​​​When Patent Analytics Hub staff generate the patent analytics report they will place a copy on the V:\ drive and COMPASS and notify the Examiner by email.

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

Amended Reasons

Amended Reason Date Amended

Updated to address IIP-121.