Quick Navigation

 

The European Patent Convention

 
 

Article 11[ 26 ]
Refund of examination fee

The examination fee provided for in Article 94, paragraph 1, of the Convention shall be refunded:
(a)
in full if the European patent application is withdrawn, refused or deemed to be withdrawn before the Examining Divisions have assumed responsibility; 
(b)
at a rate of 75% if the European patent application is withdrawn, refused or deemed to be withdrawn after the Examining Divisions have assumed responsibility but before substantive examination has begun. 
 
[ 26 ] See notice from the EPO dated 29.01.2013 concerning adjustments to the system for search and examination fee refunds (Articles 9(1) and 11(b) of the Rules relating to Fees) following decisions J 25/10 and J 9/10 of the Legal Board of Appeal (OJ EPO 2013, 153).