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

 
 
Reduction of the examination fee
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The examination fee is reduced by 30% for small and medium-sized enterprises, natural persons, non-profit organisations, universities or public research organisations that have their residence or principal place of business in an EPC contracting state having an official language other than English, French or German, and nationals of such states who are resident abroad. Other applicants having their residence or principal place of business within such a contracting state may still file documents in an official language of that state which is not English, French or German, but will not qualify for a fee reduction.
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If certain requirements are met, the examination fee as set out below. Changes in entitlement to by 30% for small and the amount of the reduction come into effect on 1 April 2014 (see point 600).
 
Reduction of the examination fee until 1 April 2014
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Applicants who have their residence or principal place of business in an EPC contracting state having a language other than English, French or German as an official language other than English, French or German, and nationals of such states who are resident abroad, are entitled to a 20% reduction in the examination fee on condition that they
Art. 14(4) EPC
R. 6(3) EPC
Art. 14(1) RFees
GL/EPO A‑X, 9.2.3
file the written request for examination in one. Other applicants having their residence or principal place of the official languages of this business within such a contracting state other than may still file documents in an official language of that state which is not English, French or German, and but will not qualify for a fee reduction.
within one month of so doing - at the earliest simultaneously with the written request for examination - file a translation in the language of the proceedings (see point 424).
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Please note that once the full examination fee has been paid and the request for examination in an EPO language has been filed, the applicant is no longer entitled to the reduction in the examination fee if thereafter the request for examination is filed in an admissible non-EPO language.
 
Reduction of the examination fee as from 1 April 2014
600
Rule 6 EPC and Article 14(1) of the Rules relating to Fees have been amended with effect from 1 April 2014. As from that date, SMEs, natural persons, non-profit organisations, universities and public research organisations will be entitled to a reduction of 30% in the examination fee. More information will be published in the Official Journal in the first half of 2014.