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Guide for applicants, Part 2: PCT procedure before the EPO (Euro-PCT Guide)

 
 
Refund of the search fee
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If the application claims the priority of an earlier application for which a search was carried out by the EPO, (a part of) the fee paid for the supplementary European search may be refunded. The level of the refund depends on the type of earlier search and the extent to which the EPO benefits from the earlier search report when carrying out the supplementary European search.  
OJ 2009, 99
OJ 2010, 338