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No International Searching Authority is required to perform an international search where the international application relates to the subject matter listed above. Because one of the primary advantages of filing an international application is that a thorough search and examination will provide some assurance that national applications will be successful, an applicant may be well advised not to file an international applicant if the subject matter falls into one of the above areas. If the USPTO conducts the international search and/or examination, however, it will search and examine all subject matter searched and examined in U.S. national patent applications.

The position of the USPTO on this issue is described in the following section(s) of the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP):

MPEP 1843 - The International Search
MPEP 1849 - Subject Matter Excluded from International Search

The following MPEP sections are not directly applicable to this task. However, since PCT patentability rules are somewhat similar in concept to U.S. patentability rules, they are included for general reference only. MPEP 706.03(a) - Rejections under 35 U.S.C. 101
MPEP 2005 - Patentable Subject Matter - Living Subject Matter
MPEP 2106 - Patentable Subject Matter - Computer-Implemented Inventions

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