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Guidelines for Examination


5.2.1 Filing fee and search fee

The filing and search fees are due on the day the European patent application is filed. They must be paid either within one month from that date (Rule 38(1), Rule 17(2), Rule 36(3)) or, for Euro-PCT applications, within 31 months of the filing date or, where applicable, from the earliest priority claimed (Rule 159(1)(c) and (e)). sSee A‑III, 13.1). For the additional fees payable as part of the filing fee, see A‑III, 13.2 and A‑IV,