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9.2.3
Reduction of the examination fee 

The applicant will be allowed a reduction in the examination fee if the request for examination is filed in an admissible non-EPO language and a translation of the request for examination in an EPO official language is also filed. 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 and the translation of the request 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.

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.