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The European Patent Convention

 
 

Rule 39[ 43 ]
Designation fees

(1)
The designation fee shall be paid within six months of the date on which the European Patent Bulletin mentions the publication of the European search report. 
Where the designation fee is not paid in due time or the designations of all the Contracting States are withdrawn, the European patent application shall be deemed to be withdrawn. 
(3)
Without prejudice to Rule 37, paragraph 2, second sentence, the designation fee shall not be refunded.
 
Amended by decision of the Administrative Council CA/D 4/08 of 21.10.2008 (OJ EPO 2008, 513), entered into force on 01.04.2009.
See opinion of the Enlarged Board of Appeal G 4/98 (Annex I).
References

Art. 3, 78, 80, 88, 121, 149
R. 15, 17, 36, 41, 68, 112, 135, 143, 159, 160

 
Version history +
13.12.2007 - 31.03.2009 
Decision of the Administrative Council of 07.12.2006 (CA/D 10/06), (OJ EPO 2007, 8 and Special edition 1/2007)
01.04.2009 -  
CA/D 4/08 (OJ EPO 2008, 513)
 
Cross-reference list
EPC EPC 1973
R. 39 Art. 79(2), (3)