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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.

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.


Art. 14(4)
Rule 6