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9.2.3 Reduction of the examination fee

Applicants eligible for the fee reduction will be allowed a reduction in the examination fee if the request for examination is filed in an admissible non-EPO language. Forms 1001 (Request for grant of a European patent) and 1200 (Entry into the European phase) contain pre-printed boxes where the request for examination in an admissible non-EPO language and the declaration under Rule 6(6) can be entered. In these cases, the filing of a translation of the request is not necessary, since the written request for examination in the three EPO official languages is pre-crossed in the same forms. Wordings for the request-for-examination in the admissible non-EPO languages are listed on the EPO website. Subsequent documents related to examination proceedings need not be filed in the admissible non-EPO language.The applicant will be allowed a reduction in the examination fee if the request for examination is filed in an admissible non-EPO language. For the reduction to be allowed, the request for examination in the admissible non-EPO language may already be filed as part of the request for grant (Form 1001), since the form already contains a pre-printed box for the request for examination in the official languages of the EPO and the request for examination in the admissible non-EPO language can be entered in the box provided for the request for examination. Alternatively, for the reduction to be allowed, the request for examination in the admissible non-EPO language may be filed later, namely up to the date of payment of the examination fee, provided that the translation is filed no earlier than simultaneously with the request (see J 21/98, and G 6/91). In order to benefit from the reduction, it is not necessary to file subsequent additional documents for the examination proceedings in an admissible non-EPO language.

If the conditions for the reduction of the examination fee where the EPO has drawn up the international preliminary examination report are also fulfilled, see A‑X, 9.3.2.For the case where a reduction in the examination fee for the above reasons coincides with a reduced examination fee because the EPO drew up the international preliminary examination report, see A‑X, 9.3.2.

References

Art. 14(4)
Rule 6(3)