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.

9.3.3 Reduction of the fees for the international search and international preliminary examination of an international application

The fees for the international search and preliminary examination of an international application are reduced by 75% if the application is filed by a natural person who is a national and a resident of a state which is not an EPC Contracting State and which, on the date of filing of the application or of the demand, is listed as a low-income or lower-middle-income economy by the World Bank (see OJ EPO 2008, 521).

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