Refund of the international search fee
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 An applicant who is ofIf the opinion that the EPO can base its search for the international application is based entirely or partly on an earlier search report already prepared by the EPO on an application whose priority is validly claimed (Box No. VI of the PCT request form), the applicant may obtain a refund of the international search fee paid. The EPO acting as ISA decides whether the requirements are met and, where applicable, refunds the applicable amount (see point 215216). Where priority is claimed from an application for which the EPO carried out a search, the continuation section of Box No. VII in the PCT request does not need to be filled outin.
Agreement EPO-WIPO Art. 5(2) 
OJ 2009, 99
OJ 2010, 304
WIPO PCT Guide 5.073 
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No refund is made for any search other than a search carried out by the EPO on an application from which the right of priority is validly claimed. 

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