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.

11. Crediting of fees under Rule 71a(5)

If, in response to an invitation under Rule 71(3), the applicant has already paid the fee for grant and publishing or the claims fees, the amount paid shall be credited if a further such invitation is issued. This may happen where:

(i)
the applicant requests amendments or corrections in response to the first Rule 71(3) communication or requests the reversal of amendments proposed by the Examining Division in that communication (see C‑V, 4.1) and he also voluntarily pays the fee for grant and publishing and claims fees (even though this is not required, C‑V, 4.2); and the Examining Division then issues a subsequent Rule 71(3) communication (see C‑V, 4.6 and 4.7.2), or
(ii)
after the applicant has approved the text for grant in response to the first Rule 71(3) communication (which requires payment of the fee for grant and publishing and any claims fees due - see C‑V, 1.1), examination is resumed (see C‑V, 6.1) leading to the issuance of a subsequent Rule 71(3) communication (see C‑V, 6.2).

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