2.29.1 Introduction

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Note: For the purpose of examination, objection against the requirements of Schedule 3 or the Formalities Determination is mandatory only where the non-compliance leads to a significant lack of clarity in the form and content of the specification.

At filing, or after national phase entry, all applications (apart from certain national phase applications; see Formality Requirements) are subjected to a check for compliance with formal requirements by COG. Therefore, most cases will have already been placed in order, where required, before they reach examination sections.

However, there may be circumstances where such a check has not been made, or where rectifying action has not taken place, or where changes in the relevant administrative procedures have come into effect.

The following parts provide information on formality requirements that may be relevant during examination.