Applicants considering their choice of ISA are advised to bear in mind that the EPO will act as an IPEA only if the international search was carried out by the EPO itself or by any other "another European ISA"
. On 1 January 20162017
, the EPO, the Austrian, Finnish, Spanish and Swedish patent offices andas well as
the Nordic Patent Institute and the Visegrad Patent Institute
were acting as European ISAs (see point 307308