FER Validation

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Examiners should confirm any positive or negative novelty/inventive step findings in a FER or earlier search (see Validation of Novelty and Inventive Step Findings).  In doing so, examiners should check that the reasoning in the FER is both accurate with regard to the citation and relevant to the claims under consideration.  Any findings on other examination issues such as sufficiency or clarity should also be considered and assessed for relevance and correspondence to Australian law.