Preliminary examination definition

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What does Preliminary examination mean?

The preliminary examination occurs to check that the application for a patent is in order for publication.

During the preliminary examination, the examiner checks that the form of the application is correct. It does not check whether the application should be granted.

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Preliminary examination is referenced 3 in Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents

Preliminary examination is referenced 1 in Halsbury's Laws of England

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