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Guidelines for Examination

 
 
11.3.1
Designation fee; time limits 

The designation of a Contracting State is subject to payment of a designation fee. A single joint designation fee is payable for Switzerland and Liechtenstein. The designation fees are deemed paid for all Contracting States upon payment of seven times the amount of one designation fee.

For European patent applications, the designation fees must be paid within six months of the date on which the European Patent Bulletin mentions the publication of the European search report.

For divisional applications and new applications under Art. 61(1)(b) filed before 1 April 2009, the designation fees must be paid within six months of the date on which the European Patent Bulletin mentions the publication of the European search report drawn up in respect of the European divisional application or the new European patent application (see A-IV, 1.4.1).

Rule 17(3), old version
Rule 36(4), old version

For Euro-PCT applications entering the European phase before 1 April 2009, see A-III, 11.3.9.