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.

9.3.2 Reduction of the examination fee where the international preliminary examination report is being drawn up by the EPO

Where the EPO has drawn up the international preliminary examination report in respect of an international application, the examination fee is reduced by 50% if the EPO is the designated Office (elected Office).

If the conditions for a reduction under the language arrangements (see A‑X, 9.2.3) are also fulfilled, the examination fee is first reduced by 50%, then by a further 30%, i.e. the total reduction is 65% of the full fee.

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