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2.4.7 All Features Disclosed in Citation

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Where, having properly construed a citation, examiners determine that all the features of a claim have been disclosed, a novelty objection is to be taken.  In these circumstances, examiners need not consider lack of inventive step separately against that claim, since in most cases it can be assumed that claims which are not novel also lack inventive step.  However, the novelty objection should also include a statement that the claims are not inventive (see, for example, PERP codes [F1] to [F3]).

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