In most cases the request for examination must be filed and the examination fee must be paid before the supplementary European search report is transmitted to the applicant (see point 577578
). After transmission of the report, the EPO will invite the applicant to indicate whether he wishes to proceed further with the application (see point 577578
). The applicant can waive his right to be asked whether he wishes to proceed further with the application, e.g. by crossing the box in Section 4.2 of Form 1200.