2.20.10 Amendments and Corrections Prior to Examination

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A national phase application may contain amendments already made in the international phase under Article 19, Article 34, Rule 91 or Rule 92bis. There may also be amendments made, or proposed, in the national phase under sec 104 prior to examination.

It is essential at the outset of national phase examination to correctly identify the documents upon which examination is to be based.

In general, examination must proceed on the basis of amendments already made, whether or not incorporated into the complete specification on file.  However, examiners should note that where a translation of a PCT application becomes the complete specification, special considerations apply (see 2.20.4 Complete Specification in a Foreign Language and Translation of Amendments).