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10.2.3
Refund of the international search fee 

The international search fee will be refunded in the cases specified in Rules 16.2, 16.3 and 41 PCT and in Annex C of the Agreement between the European Patent Organisation and the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) under the PCT (see OJ EPO 2010, 304). Following amendment of the provisions set out in Annex C, Part II(3) of the above mentioned agreement, any refund of the international search fee paid for an international application filed on or after 1 January 2004 will be granted to the extent set out in the Notice from the President of the EPO dated 14 July 2007, Special edition No. 3, OJ EPO 2007, N.3 for international applications for which the international search is completed before 1 April 2009, in the Decision of the President of the EPO dated 22 December 2008, OJ EPO 2009, 114 for international applications for which the international search is completed on or after 1 April 2009 but before 1 July 2010, and in the Decision of the President of the EPO dated 24 March 2010, OJ EPO 2010, 341, for international applications for which the international search report is completed on or after 1 July 2010. Details on the criteria for the refund of international search fees are given in the Notice from the EPO dated 9 January 2009, OJ EPO 2009, 99.