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Under sec 43A, the Commissioner may conduct a preliminary search and opinion (PSO) on a complete application for a standard patent filed on or after 15 April 2013.  In practice, a PSO will only be conducted where requested by the applicant (applicant requested PSO).

A PSO is a report on the main (but not all) grounds of objection that apply under sec 45.  However, examiners should note that the PSO is not intended to be a final or binding determination of the validity of the application and does not replace the usual examination processes.

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