This revised version of the Guidelines for Examination will apply as from 1 November 2015. Until then, the September 2014 edition of the Guidelines remains valid.

10.2.5 Refund of the international preliminary examination fee

For international applications filed on or after 1 January 2004 the EPO has discontinued the rationalised international preliminary examination procedure (see OJ EPO 2001, 539). Consequently, no request for ‘’detailed’’ examination will be required, and the fee refund for the rationalised procedure is no longer available.

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