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A notice of entitlement must be clearly associated with the relevant application, for example, by the applicant including the relevant application number (if known) on the notice.  However, examiners should not object merely because a notice does not include the application number, since a link between the notice and the relevant application may be otherwise apparent, such as from the notice itself, from documents filed with the notice or from other documents on file.

If the notice is filed with an application, the mere association of the notice with the application documents is sufficient to identify the notice with the application and examiners should not object to the absence of an application number in these circumstances.

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